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Philippe Desrosiers Shines as Rimouski Stays Alive at Memorial Cup

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Rimouski Oceanic coach Serge Beausoleil has juggled his goaltenders this postseason, but with his team facing elimination at the Memorial Cup he said Dallas prospect Philippe Desrosiers was the man for the job. And Desrosiers delivered, stopping 27 shots as Rimouski defeated Quebec, 4-0, Wednesday to stay alive at the tournament.

“It’s fun to have the confidence of my coach,” Desrosiers told Sportsnet. “I thought I played well tonight, and the defensemen did a great job in front of me.”

Rimouski lost its first two games at the tournament in Quebec City, but will now play in Thursday’s tiebreaker game. Once again the opponent will be Quebec, the team it defeated for the QMJHL championship. The winner will take on Kelowna, the WHL champion, in the semifinal game.

Rimouski dominated play Wednesday, outshooting Quebec 42-27. The Oceanic scored twice late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Rimouski scored two more goals in the second to chase Quebec starter Zachary Fucale from the game.

“We had a great start and we did great on the puck management,” Desrosiers said. “A great win for us.”

With his performance Wednesday, Desrosiers, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2013, now leads the tournament in both goals-against average (2.41) and save percentage (.923).

“He played very well,” Oceanic forward Christopher Clapperton told media following the game. “He bounced back from the first game; the whole team bounced back. It was good for him, good for the team.”

Rimouski has now defeated Quebec in three straight must-win situations. In the QMJHL finals, the Oceanic won the sixth game of the series to force a game seven and then won the championship with a win in Game 7. Then came Wednesday’s victory at the Memorial Cup. Now, it’s another must-win situation Thursday.

“We’re very proud,” Desrosiers told Sportsnet. “But we have to do it again [Thursday].”

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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