BostonBruins.com – It was a strong start to the Memorial Cup for Bruins prospects Jake DeBrusk and Jeremy Lauzon.
DeBrusk tallied a goal and three assists for Red Deer over the weekend, while Lauzon, in his first two games back since a frightening neck injury in April, notched an assist for Rouyn-Noranda (1-1).
Red Deer (1-1) defeated Rouyn-Noranda, 5-2, on Sunday night, thanks in large part to an impressive performance from DeBrusk, who scored and added two assists, while firing seven shots on goal, in the Rebels’ come-from-behind victory.
DeBrusk helped ignite the Red Deer rally with a strong defensive play in the neutral zone just 40 seconds into the second period. The 19-year-old poked the puck away from a Rouyn-Noranda defenseman and sped down the right wing, before centering a pass to Adam Helewka, who scored to tie the game, 2-2.
Just over four minutes later, DeBrusk gave Red Deer the lead for good, when he tipped a point shot from Ivan Nikolishin past Rouyn-Noranda goalie Chase Marchand, the cousin of Bruins winger Brad Marchand.
DeBrusk added another helper at 8:50 of the second, when he sent a sneaky backhand pass to Helewka, who buried it for a 4-2 lead.
"As soon as we got the lead the crowd went nuts and we just kept saying score more, score more," DeBrusk told TSN.
DeBrusk also had an assist in a 6-2 loss to the London Knights on Friday night. His four points through two Memorial Cup games rank him second in the tournament, behind London Knights winger Mitch Marner.
Lauzon did not score in Rouyn-Noranda’s loss to Red Deer, but did have an assist in the Huskies’ 5-3 win over Brandon on Saturday. Lauzon, playing for the first time since he took a skate blade to the neck in April, fired a slick saucer pass to A.J. Greer in the slot, where Greer put it home to tie the game 1-1 early in the first.
(All times EST)
Monday, May 23
Brandon vs. London, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
Tuesday, May 24
Rouyn-Noranda vs. London, 10 p.m. (NHL Network – tape delay, Wednesday 5/25 at 11 a.m.)
Wednesday, May 25
Red Deer vs. Brandon, 8 p.m. (NHL Network – tape delay, 9 p.m.)
Thursday, May 26
Tiebreaker (if necessary), 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
Friday, May 27
Semifinal, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
Sunday, May 29
Final, 4:30 p.m. (NHL Network)