Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers and the Rimouski Oceanic find themselves in a hole at the Memorial Cup. Rimouski lost its first two games at the tournament in Quebec City, putting it in a must-win situation Wednesday when it faces the Quebec Remparts.
Rimouski opened the tournament with a 4-3 loss to Oshawa, the OHL champions, on Saturday. Desrosiers got the start in goal, and he stopped 33 of 37 shots. Rimouski, the QMJHL champions, overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits and tied the game early in the third period.
But Oshawa’s Hunter Smith tallied the game-winner midway through the third, scoring after Desrosiers gave up a big rebound on Smith’s dump in from the blue line. Rimouski coach Serge Beausoleil didn’t like the Smith goal and another one Desrosiers gave up earlier in the game, but he wasn’t blaming goaltending for the loss.
“I know he can be better, but we don't put the loss on him,” Beausoleil told the London Free Press about Desrosiers. “We lose as a team. We had too many turnovers. Oshawa played better.”
But Beausoleil, who wasn’t afraid to make a change in net during the QMJHL playoffs, switched goaltenders for the second game of the tournament, starting Louis-Philip Guindon against WHL champion Kelowna on Monday. That moved didn’t work out well. Guindon lasted half the game, getting pulled midway through the second period after allowing five goals on 22 shots. Desrosiers, who took over with Rimouski trailing 5-2, stopped 12 of 14 shots the rest of the way in a 7-3 loss.
Now, Rimouski will have to defeat the host team at the tournament, Quebec – the team it knocked off for the QMJHL championship – to stay alive in the Memorial Cup tournament.
There is no word on whether Desrosiers or Guindon will get the start Wednesday against Quebec, which is 1-1 in its first two games.
Memorial Cup Tournament games
Friday: Quebec (host team) 4, Kelowna (WHL) 3
Saturday: Oshawa (OHL) 4, Rimouski (QMJHL) 3
Sunday: Oshawa (OHL) 5, Quebec (host team) 4 (OT)
Monday: Kelowna (WHL) 7, Rimouski (QMJHL) 3
Tuesday: Oshawa (OHL) vs. Kelowna (WHL)
Wednesday: Quebec (host team) vs. Rimouski (QMJHL)
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