In the opening game of the 2014 Memorial Cup, Antoine Bibeau showed everyone why he was named the QMJHL’s playoff MVP.
The Val-d’Or Foreurs netminder made 51 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the host London Knights. It was a great start to the tournament for the Foreurs who were the last team to book their ticket to the CHL’s championship tournament.
Not surprisingly, Anthony Mantha scored Val-d’Or’s only goal and it proved to be enough for the win. Mantha’s goal came at 16:20 of the first after be beat the Knights defense and cut through the top of the crease.
London, who hadn’t played in 34 games, had a 27-save performance from Antony Stolarz in the loss.
Tomorrow, the Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Guelph Storm. Val-d’Or returns to action on Monday against the Storm.
In other Friday night action…
- The Providence Bruins evened their AHL playoff series at 2-2 with a 3-2 overtime win over Simon Despres and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight. Despres had three shots in the loss.
- The St. John’s IceCaps eliminated Kevin Gagne and the Norfolk Admirals with a 5-2 victory in Game 6 tonight at Mile One. Gagne was a -1 in the loss. He finishes his first full pro season with 22 points in 71 regular season games and an assist in eight playoff games.
- The Texas Stars took a 3-2 series lead over Tomas Jurco and the Grand Rapids Griffins with a 3-2 overtime victory. Jurco had an assist and three shots in the loss. "This series isn't over yet...we just gotta go there and win the next two," Jurco told the Red Wings Twitter after the game.