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Draisaitl scores late, Kelowna falls to Quebec

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

A shorthanded goal at 2:08 of the third period gave the Quebec Remparts 3-1 lead. Although it got tight at the end, they eventually beat Leon Draisaitl and the Kelowna Rockets, 4-3 in the opening game of the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Nikolas Brouillard opened scoring at 5:18 of the first for Quebec.

Matt Murphy gave the Remparts a 2-0 lead with a point shot that snuck past Jackson Whistle at 13:22 of the second. Oilers 2013 second-round pick Marc-Olivier Roy got the second assist on the goal.

Kelowna drew within one at 17:56 of the middle frame as Cole Linaker dished the puck in front of the net and Nick Merkley put it away, shorthanded.

The Remparts responded with a shorthanded goal of their own. Anthony Duclair had a breakaway and the rebound from his shot was buried by Ryan Graves.

Kelowna again responded, scoring on the power play at 12:43 of the third.

An empty-bet goal by Quebec’s Adam Erne gave the host team a 4-2 lead.

Draisaitl, the Oilers fourth-overall pick in 2014, scored backdoor with 36 seconds remaining in the game to draw within one, but Kelowna could not find the equalizer.

The Remparts face Oshawa on Sunday and the Rockets play Rimouski on Monday.

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