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Still going strong

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Last week, only two remained.  This week, they’ve upped that total by one.  With the addition of Dany Massé to the Canadiens family, the club now has three prospects in the thick of the battle for the chance to play for the Memorial Cup.

Massé is in his first year with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who are favored to be the QMJHL champs and be one of the four clubs in the Memorial Cup tournament.

The 20-year-old forward has been blazing through the playoffs thus far, racking up 25 points in just eight outings, an average of 3.13 points per game. It’s a continuation from his regular season efforts, having amassed 110 points in 68 contests.

While he and his teammates have steamrolled through the opposition to this point, their task gets a little tougher in Round 3, where they’ll come face to face with the equally-hot Rimouski Oceanic. The final four in the Q are now set, with the Shawinigan Cataractes matching up with the Quebec Remparts in the other semifinal.

Drummondville and Rimouski met three times during the campaign, which resulted in a 2-1 season series edge for the Voltigeurs. After a one-sided affair in the opener (6-2 in favor of Drummondville), the remaining tilts saw tighter results; the Oceanic took the second meeting 6-5 before dropping the final contest 5-4.

It will certainly be an interesting special teams matchup, as fire and ice collide. While Massé and Co. owned the top power play in the league thanks to a 45.7% success rate, Olivier Fortier and his Oceanic teammates were an extremely stingy shorthanded unit, at a league-best 90.2% efficiency.

Over in the OHL, the Belleville Bulls and Brampton Battalion have one game in their series under their collective belts. Despite the Bulls’ 4-2 loss, P.K. Subban had a stellar offensive outing, potting both goals for his team and bringing his playoff goal total to three.

He joined the rush for his first tally, carrying the puck from the neutral zone into the Brampton end before easily evading defenseman Ken Peroff. Subban’s second marker had him sending a rocket from the blue line. The 19-year-old earned second star honors for his efforts.

Bulls netminder Mike Murphy held his team in the game in stopping 33 of 37 shots, including a pair of beauties in the first period.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Heather Engel.

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