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Dufour Scores as Saint John Wins Opening Game at Memorial Cup

Islanders prospect tallies goal as Sea Dogs open junior tournament with 5-3 win over Hamilton

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay /

After a lengthy layoff, William Dufour picked up right where he left off, scoring a goal in the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in the first game of the Memorial Cup on Monday night. 

Dufour accounted for the Sea Dogs third goal on Monday night, putting the host city up 3-1 in the eventual 5-3 win. 

Tweet from @CHLHockey: After 56 goals in the regular season, William Dufour has his first at the #MemorialCup presented by @KiaCanada! 🚨

Saint John is hosting this year's Memorial Cup, automatically qualifying for the tournament despite being upset in the opening round of the QMJHL playoffs earlier this spring. They are joined by the QMJHL champion Shawinigan Cataractes, the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the OHL winning Bulldogs.

Ahead of the tournament, Dufour was named the QMJHL's MVP for the 2021-22 season, taking home the Michel-Brière Trophy. The Islanders' 2020 fifth-round pick (152nd overall) led the Q with 56 goals and finished second with 116 points.

Tweet from @SJSeaDogs: William Dufour becomes the second Sea Dog in franchise history, after Mike Hoffman, to win the Michel Bri��re Trophy 🏆#CityofChampions

Saint John is back in action on Wednesday night taking on the Edmonton Oil Kings at 6 p.m. ET and wrap up their round-robin schedule on Saturday vs Shawinigan at 4 p.m. See the full Memorial Cup schedule here.

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