Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rimouski To Play Quebec In QMJHL Final

It’s been a fantastic post-season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. But the semifinals… they weren’t so great.

The Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic both advanced to the President Cup finals with sweeps over the Moncton Wildcats and Val-d’Or Foreurs, respectively. Quebec outscored Moncton 20-5 and Rimouski outscored Val-d’Or 17-5.

Of course, with Quebec hosting this year’s Memorial Cup, Rimouski has automatically earned a berth in the tournament.

Although it’s hard to believe given the regular season success of the Remparts over the past decade, this will be Quebec’s first appearance in the league final since 2006 when they lost to the Wildcats. Rimouski returns to the final for the first time since 2012 where they lost to Saint John.

Rimouski won the regular season series between the two, going 5-2-1-0.

With both teams getting their semifinal series done so quickly, the schedule for the final will be a bit funky.

Game 1 - Tue May 5 | 7:00 PM | Québec @ Rimouski
Game 2 - Fri May 8 | 7:00 PM | Québec @ Rimouski
Game 3 - Sun May 10 | 3:00 PM | Rimouski @ Québec
Game 4 - Wed May 13 | 7:00 PM | Rimouski @ Québec
Game 5 - Fri May 15 | 7:00 PM | * Québec @ Rimouski
Game 6 - Sun May 17 | 3:00 PM | * Rimouski @ Québec
Game 7 - Mon May 18 | 7:00 PM | * Québec @ Rimouski

The Memorial Cup begins on Friday, May 22.

Some other news and notes…
  • Marcus Cuomo is the only former Sea Dog taking part in the President Cup final.
  • Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings had their season come to an end last night with a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven of their first round series. Jurco only saw 7:19 of ice time last night, recording one shot.
  • The Lightning will now face Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. That series begins tomorrow night. Beaulieu has been ruled out for at least the first four games with an upper body injury.
  • Simon Despres and the Anaheim Ducks begin their second round series against the Calgary Flames tonight.

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