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Memorial Cup: What we learned

Islanders prospect Dobson sparks Rouyn-Noranda; Canadiens picks go head-to-head

by Mike. G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

The Memorial Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League, features the winners of the Ontario Hockey League (Guelph Storm), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Rouyn-Noranda) and Western Hockey League (Prince Albert Raiders), and the host Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The event is being held at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from May 17-26, and features several NHL-drafted prospects and some eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

In the fourth game of the Memorial Cup, Rouyn-Noranda defeated Prince Albert 6-3 on Monday.

Here are three things we learned on the fourth day:


1. Dobson sparks Rouyn-Noranda

Rouyn-Noranda defenseman Noah Dobson, selected No. 12 in the 2018 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, had a goal and an assist to give the Huskies their first win of the tournament. Rouyn-Noranda, which has never won the Memorial Cup, entered as the No. 1-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.

The 6-foot-3, 177-pound right-handed shot had the primary assist on the go-ahead goal by forward Tyler Hinam at 15:28 of the third period to give the QMJHL champion a 4-3 lead. He scored an empty-net goal at 18:19 for the 6-3 final.

Dobson, who was named QMJHL playoff MVP with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 20 games, helped Acadie-Bathurst win the 2018 Memorial Cup. He had seven points (two goals, five assists) in four games.


2. Dueling Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens forward prospects Cole Fonstad of Prince Albert and Joel Teasdale of Rouyn-Noranda each had a goal and an assist in the head-to-head matchup.

Fonstad, selected in the fifth round (No. 128) of the 2018 NHL Draft, ranked third on the Raiders with 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) in 67 regular-season games. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left wing scored 8:32 into the first period to give Prince Albert a 2-1 lead. The 19-year-old had five shots on goal.

Teasdale went undrafted but signed a three-year, entry-level contract on Sept. 21, 2018 and led all scorers in the QMJHL playoffs with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 20 games. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound left wing pulled the Huskies into a 2-2 tie at 18:32 of the first period.

The 20-year-old participated in Canadiens training camp last September before signing his contract.


3. Gregor continues to produce

Center Noah Gregor, a fourth-round pick (No. 111) in 2016 by the San Jose Sharks, is already having a tournament to remember for Prince Albert.

Gregor had a goal and two assists and has four points (two goals, two assists) in two Memorial Cup games for the Raiders, who need a win against Guelph on Tuesday to remain in contention for the championship. The 6-foot, 186-pound left-handed shot has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past five playoff games.

The Sharks signed Gregor to a three-year, entry-level contract on April 6, 2018. The 20-year-old has 293 points (129 goals, 164 assists) in 257 career WHL regular-season games.

"I'm an offensive minded guy. I have pretty good speed and like to make plays in the offensive zone," Gregor said. "But I'm a reliable guy and like to work hard every shift." 


2019 Memorial Cup schedule

May 17: Halifax 4, Prince Albert 1
May 18: Guelph 5, Rouyn-Noranda 2
May 19: Halifax 4, Guelph 2
May 20: Rouyn-Noranda 6, Prince Albert 3
May 21: Guelph vs. Prince Albert (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS)
May 22: Halifax vs. Rouyn-Noranda (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS)
May 23: Tiebreaker, if necessary (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS)
May 24: Semifinal (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS)
May 26: Final (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS)



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