Sea Dogs rally past Cataractes, advance to Memorial Cup final

William Dufour scored four of the Saint John Sea Dogs' five straight goals to rally back from three goals down to defeat the Shawinigan Cataractes 5-3.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Shawinigan Cataractes scored 49 seconds into Saturday's final round-robin game at the Memorial Cup and enjoyed a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Then it was if William Dufour of the Saint John Sea Dogs said "hold my beer.''

Dufour, the 2020 fifth-round draft pick of the New York Islanders, rattled off three consecutive goals in the second period and added a fourth in the third as the tournament hosts scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Cataractes 5-3 to earn a berth in Wednesday's Cup final.

The Cataractes, with two wins and a loss in the round robin, will have to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs in Monday's semifinal game to get another shot at their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rival.

Jeremie Poirier scored Saint John's other goal, while teammate Josh Lawrence added two assists. The Sea Dogs finished the round robin with two wins and an overtime loss.

Loris Rafanomezantsoa, Olivier Nadeau and William Veillette scored for Shawinigan, who outshot the Sea Dogs 15-10 in the first period but were outshot 21-5 in the second.

The six-foot-three Dufour, named MVP of the QMJHL this season, had 56 goals and 116 points during the QMJHL regular season.

POKE CHECKS: The Hamilton Bulldogs, who finished the round robin portion of the 102nd Memorial Cup championship with one regulation win for three points, lost to the Sea Dogs 5-4 on June 20, then dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cataractes on June 23, before beating the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 on Friday. The Oil Kings finished the tournament with one overtime win and two losses for two points and failed to make the playoffs. … Next year's Memorial Cup will be held in Kamloops, B.C., home of the Western Hockey League Blazers who won the national tournament in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

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