St. John’s, New Brunswick – William Dufour scored four times in 19 minutes, 55 seconds as host St. John’s Dogs advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship game, beating Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rivals Shovinigan Cataracts 5-3. Saturday.
“To complete mine [junior] Such a career is fantastic, “Dufour said. We want to win another game. We’re just going for it.”
QMJHL champion Chauvinigan will face Ontario Hockey League champions Hamilton in the semifinals on Monday night, with the winner facing St. John in the final on Wednesday night.
Dufour scored a natural hat-trick in the second half, scoring 2:02, 2:23 and 8:38 to give Shavinigan a 3-0 lead. In the power play, Jeremy Poirier gave Sea Dogs a 5:48 lead and Dufour struck again at 1:57 of the third.
Selected by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-3 Dufour was QMJHL’s MVP after scoring 56 goals this season and completing the regular season with 116 points.
Loris Rafanomezansoa started scoring for Shavinigan in 49 seconds, Olivier Nadeu took a 5-07 lead and William Vallet took a 2-0 lead with 43 seconds.
Nicholas Hertubis scored 26 goals for St. John’s. In the round-robin game, the C Dogs had two wins and one overtime defeat.
The event, which has been canceled for the past two years due to the Covid-19 epidemic, includes three major junior league winners and the host team.