MONTREAL - Nick Suzuki played his best game of the Memorial Cup so far on Tuesday.
The forward began his night at the office with a superb pass to teammate Fedor Gordeev for the Storm's first goal in the opening frame.
Suzuki added to his haul in the second when he outmaneuvered Prince Albert Raiders goalie Ian Scott to score on a breakaway.
The Guelph centerman also lit the lamp in the third period to seal the deal and help the Storm to a 5-2 win over Prince Albert.
On top of his three-point night, Suzuki finished the game with a plus-3 differential and was excellent in the faceoff dot, winning 16 of his 21 draws for a 76.2% win rate. He was named the second star of the game.
After his team's three games in the preliminary round, the Habs prospect has three goals for five points, good for second in scoring at the Memorial Cup so far.
The Storm must now wait for the outcome of the game between the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Halifax Mooseheads to know what happens next. Guelph is assured of a spot in the semifinal, but could also be propelled directly to the final depending on how things play out on Wednesday night.
Cole Fonstad and the Raiders suffered their third straight loss at the tournament, marking the end of the road for the 2018-19 WHL champions.
Montreal's fifth-round selection (128th overall) in 2018 was one of the best forwards for the Western club.
Fonstad finished the tournament with one goal for three points in three games as well as a plus-2 differential, the best on his team.
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