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Saint John Sea Dogs down Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 in 2022 Memorial Cup final

The Hamilton Bulldogs have dropped the 2022 Memorial Cup final to the QMJHL‘s Saint John Sea Dogs.

The hosts from New Brunswick never looked back over 60 minutes having taken a 2-1 lead after one and 4-2 lead after two.

New York Islanders prospect William Dufour was the first star of the game with a goal and an assist for the Sea Dogs in Wednesday’s finale.

The QMJHL regular season MVP would also take honours as the MVP of the tournament.

Hamilton got a pair of goals from Anaheim Ducks draft pick Mason McTavish.

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Saint John went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Bulldogs were 0 for 1 on their only man advantage opportunity.

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Both teams would combine for eight total penalties in the game, with the Bulldogs accounting for five including three in the third period.

Marco Costantini stopped 21 of 26 shots he faced.

The Sea Dogs Nikloas Hurtboise stopped 25 of 28.

Saint John finished the tournament with three wins and a single loss.

The Bulldogs won two and dropped three in five games.

It’s the third straight tournament win for the QMJHL who saw the won the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies win in 2018 and Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2019.

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The tournament was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sea Dogs are now two for two in Memorial Cup final wins having also been champs in 2011.

Wednesday was the first-ever Memorial Cup final appearance for the Bulldogs.

 

 

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