SHAWINIGAN, QUE.—The Shawinigan Cataractes got goals from six players as they coasted to a 6-1 victory over the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings in the tiebreaker game Thursday night at the Memorial Cup.
The win put host Shawinigan (2-2) into the semifinal tonight against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs (2-1). It will be the Cataractes’ third game in as many nights.
The winner advances to the final Sunday night against the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights (2-1).
The Oil Kings (1-3) never found their stride after beating Shawinigan 4-3 in the tournament opener.
Yannick Veilleux, Morgan Ellis, Anton Zlobin, Kirill Kabanov, Michael Bournival and Pierre-Olivier Morin scored for the Cataractes, while Brandon Gormley and Michael Chaput each had two assists.
Henrik Samuelsson replied for the Oil Kings.
Shawinigan was coming off a 4-1 loss on Wednesday night to Saint John, the QMJHL powerhouse that is seeking a second straight Memorial Cup title.
The Cataractes scored on their first shot of the middle period as Zlobin one-timed a back pass from Chaput past Laurent Brossoit at 1:54.
Proof that everything was going Shawinigan’s way came when Kabanov’s shot went off Brossoit, rebounded off the end glass, hit the goaltender again and rolled into the net at 2:59.
Bournival added a power-play goal at 8:11 and it went from bad to worse for Edmonton when Morin picked off a pass and scored on a short-handed breakaway for a 6-0 lead at 13:59.
Edmonton finally got one with Shawinigan on a line change as Stephane Legault sent Samuelsson in on a breakaway.