The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will play in the 2016 Memorial Cup championship game.
The QMJHL champions advanced to the national final with a 3-1 victory over the host Red Deer Rebels last night. Francis Perron, Martins Dzierkals and Nikolas Brouillard scored for the Huskies while Chase Marchand made 36 saves in the win.
Rouyn-Noranda is 2-2 at this year’s tournament, dropping their final two games of the preliminary round. Their only win prior to Friday's was last Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Not surprisingly, Timo Meier and Perron lead the Huskies in scoring. Meier has five goals and two assists while Perron has one goal and six assists.
The Huskies will face the OHL champion London Knights, a team that has breezed through this year’s tournament. The Knights, who are 3-0 with a +15 goal differential, haven’t played since Tuesday where they defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-2.
London’s Mitch Marner leads the tournament in scoring with two goals and 11 assists in just three games.
The Huskies are playing in their first Memorial Cup. No QMJHL team has appeared in the final since 2013 in Saskatoon where the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Portland Winterhawks.
The Knights, playing in their fifth Memorial Cup since 2005 and fourth since 2012, will be playing in their third ever final. They defeated Sidney Crosby’s Rimouski Oceanic on home ice in 2005 and fell to the Cataractes in Shawinigan in 2012.
Game time on Sunday is 5:30 p.m.