Joel Teasdale picked the right time to heat up for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The Montreal Canadiens prospect scored a pair of clutch goals on Monday night as the Huskies earned their first victory of the Memorial Cup by defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3.
The top two teams in the Canadian Hockey League treated fans at Scotiabank Centre to a highly-entertaining, back-and-forth matchup all night.
Teasdale was right on the doorstep to score his first of the game on a power play just eight seconds after his team went on the man advantage late in the first period.
Just over a minute after top-ranked Rouyn-Noranda (1-1) scored the go-ahead goal in the third, Teasdale fired a slap shot from the hash marks that beat goaltender Ian Scott and gave his team some much-needed insurance.
The 20-year-old Teasdale earned a contract with the Canadiens after attending their training camp at the beginning of the season.
He was dynamite for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions since being acquired in early January from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, putting up 24 goals and 42 points in just 29 games.
Teasdale carried the momentum into the post-season, where he had a QMJHL league-leading 34 points.
He also wasn’t the only potential future Habs player to have a big game.
Here are some more takeaways from Day 4 at the Memorial Cup:
Another Canadiens prospect highlighted
Cole Fonstad of the Raiders (0-2), a fifth-round pick of Montreal in the 2018 NHL Draft, found the scoresheet in the first.
After being strong on the puck entering the offensive zone, Fonstad wrapped the puck around the back of the net and beat goaltender Samuel Harvey to even the game at 1-1.
Fonstad would add an assist for the Western Hockey League champs and was a plus-one on the night.
Lauko continues strong play
Huskies rookie Jakub Lauko has looked strong through the first two games of the tournament.
The Prague, Czech Republic native scored in Rouyn-Noranda’s opener and had a superb effort against the Raiders to create another goal.
Lauko just wouldn’t give up on a sequence deep in Prince Albert’s zone, working hard to get the puck off defenders and even passing it to himself off the net. He eventually found teammate Felix Bibeau wide open in front of the net, who made no mistake.
Just like in the Huskies’ first game, Lauko’s efforts gave his team momentum. They went on to outshoot the Raiders 15-13 in the second.
The Boston Bruins selected Lauko in the third round of last year’s NHL Draft.
Gregor does it all
Noah Gregor was determined to make sure his team wasn’t going to go down easily, regardless of the result.
The veteran Raiders centre was in on all three goals for his team, assisting on the first two before finding the back of the net at 17:43 of the second for his second goal of the tournament.
Gregor’s goal wasn’t the most glorious. He fanned on his first shot attempt before squeaking one past Harvey on a second opportunity.
The 20-year-old recorded a point in 16 of his 23 games during the WHL playoffs. A fourth-round pick by the San Jose Sharks in the 2018 NHL Draft, Gregor had 88 points including 43 goals during the regular season.
His 13 goals during the WHL playoffs were second to only teammate Dante Nannoun’s 14.
Mooseheads fans leave disapointed
The chants of “Let’s Go Raiders” could be heard throughout Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
Even though the hometown Mooseheads had the night off, a Prince Albert win would have secured a spot for Halifax in the championship game.
Instead, the Moose will have to either play their way in with a win on Wednesday night against Rouyn-Noranda or see how Tuesday’s game between Guelph and the Raiders unfolds. A loss to the Storm would end Prince Albert’s season.
Meanwhile, the losing streak for WHL champions at the tournament reached 12 games. The last WHL champion to win a Memorial Cup game was the Kelowna Rockets during the semifinal of the 2015 tournament in Quebec City.