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Desrosiers, Rimouski Eliminated at Memorial Cup

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers and the Rimouski Oceanic are finished at the Memorial Cup. The Oceanic were eliminated from the tournament after falling to the Quebec Remparts, 5-2, in the tiebreaker game Thursday night.

Quebec will play the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets Friday in the semifinal game with the winner to take on the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals for the Memorial Cup Sunday. Rimouski, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions, will head into the offseason.

Rimouski, which fended off elimination with an impressive 4-0 win over Quebec on Wednesday, was on its heels early on Thursday. But the Oceanic battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to tie the game 2-2 with 3:53 left in the second period. Just 47 seconds later, Desrosiers turned the puck over behind the Rimouski goal and Quebec’s Adam Erne took advantage, scoring into an empty net from close range to put the Remparts up for good.

The Remparts scored with 41 seconds left in the period to go up 4-2, and then tacked on another goal in the third on their way to snapping a three-game losing streak against Rimouski, the team that defeated them in the QMJHL finals. The victory also snapped Rimouski’s six-game winning streak at Colisée Pepsi, the home rink of the Remparts who are the host team of the tournament.

“It’s the law of averages,” Rimouski coach Serge Beausoleil told media. “There’s no reason for us to hang our heads. I am proud of our team.”

Desrosiers, Dallas’ second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, stopped 26 of 31 shots in Thursday’s game. He ended the tournament with a 1-2 record, 3.23 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

The 19-year-old Desrosiers had an outstanding season for Rimouski, helping the Oceanic win the QMJHL championship and winning the Jacques Plante Trophy for leading the league in goals-against average during the regular season.
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