The Val-d’Or Foreurs are 2014 President's Cup Champions.
The Foreurs defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-3 in Game 7 tonight at the Henry Leonard Centre, earning them the title of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champs and a trip to the MasterCard Memorial Cup in London.
It looked as though the Foreurs were going to cruise to victory as they held a 3-0 lead near the midway mark of the third. But since this is junior hockey, the Drakkar made some kind of comeback and tied the game with three goals in less than nine minutes. Jeremy Gregoire tied the match at 18:01, turning the Henry Leonard Centre into more of a madhouse than it usually is.
But, at 19:08, the beast that is Anthony Mantha scored to put Val-d’Or in front and they would hang on from there.
Foreurs goaltender Antoine Bibeau, who faced 43 shots in this game alone, won the Guy Lafleur Trophy as Most Valuable Player.
This is Val-d'Or's first QMJHL title since 2001. Meanwhile, the Drakkar suffered their second straight President's Cup final series loss.
The Foreurs begin the Memorial Cup tournament on Friday night against the host Knights. The Guelph Storm and Edmonton Oil Kings are also at this year’s CHL championship tourney.