Kelowna Rockets defeat Quebec Remparts, head to Memorial Cup final
Just one more game.
In front of a hostile crowd, the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Quebec Remparts 9-3 to head to the Memorial Cup final.
Justin Kirkland and Rourke Chartier each scored two goals and Jackson Whistle made 18 saves for the Rockets, who will face the unbeaten Oshawa Generals at 7 p.m. eastern time Sunday to determine the Canadian Hockey League Champion.
Kelowna is looking for their first championship since 2004, while the Generals hasn’t won the Memorial Cup since 1990.
Quebec, which was playing its third game in as many days, scored the first goal on a Adam Erne shot through Whistle’s pads just three minutes into the contest.
But the Rockets, who had two days of rest, scored the next five goals in a 27 minute span over the first and second periods to turn the game into a rout.
Chance Braid, Leon Draisaitl, Josh Morrissey, Cole Linaker, and Tyson Baillie also scored for Kelowna, who have won 18 of 23 postseason games.
At one point in the second, the home fans at the Colisée Pepsi were so incensed with the officiating that they began throwing debris on the ice.
In their previous match this Memorial Cup, Oshawa defeated Kelowna 2-1.