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Oshawa holds on for Memorial Cup win vs. Rimouski

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Hunter Smith (Calgary Flames) scored in the third period to break a 3-3 tie at 9:24 and the Oshawa Generals beat the Rimouski Oceanic 4-3 at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Smith dumped the puck in on Rimouski goaltender Philippe Desrosiers (Dallas Stars), and then fought through two Rimouski players to get to the puck and push it past Desrosiers.

Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators), Michael Dal Colle (New York Islanders) and Stephen Desrocher also scored for Oshawa, the champions of the Ontario Hockey League. Goaltender Ken Appleby made 19 saves.

Tyler Boland, Alexis Loiseau and Jan Kostalek (Winnipeg Jets) scored for Rimouski, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion. Desrosiers made 33 saves.

Smith was called for tripping at 3:18 of the third, and on the ensuing power play Kostalek scored to tie the game at 3-3.

"If we had lost that game I probably would have taken it right on my shoulders," Smith said, according to Canadian Press. "A bad penalty in the third to allow them to tie it, and to respond to it with a goal and pick myself up there, that was good. [Desrosiers] gave up a juicy rebound and I just tackled it and was fortunate enough to put it in."

Oshawa took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Lindberg and Dal Colle. Lindberg scored at 4:07 off the rebound of a shot by Michael McCarron (Montreal Canadiens), and Dal Colle took a drop pass from Matthew Mistele (Los Angeles Kings) and snapped a shot past Desrosiers' glove at 9:27. Defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel, No. 34 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American defenseman for the 2015 NHL Draft, also was credited with an assist.

Rimouski tied the game 2-2 on goals 42 seconds apart by Boland and Loiseau later in the first period. Boland tipped an Andrew Picco shot past Appleby at 15:42. Then Loiseau, Rimouski's captain, forced an Oshawa turnover and beat Appleby with a low shot at 16:10.

"That’s what we did all year," Rimouski forward Frederik Gauthier (Toronto Maple Leafs) said. "This game, they were more ready than us. But we believe. We came back and had a chance to win."

Desrocher's goal at 18:33 of the second put Oshawa ahead 3-2. The defenseman, No. 145 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking, one-timed the puck after Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks) won a faceoff in the Rimouski zone.

Oshawa will play the host Quebec Remparts on Sunday.

"It’s huge to get those two points," Dal Colle said. "But we’ve set our minds on Quebec. They’ll have the home crowd. Off the rush they might be the best team in all of Canada. We have to find ways to contain their top guys."

Rimouski next plays Monday against the Kelowna Rockets, champions of the Western Hockey League.

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