Remparts reach Memorial Cup final
The Quebec Remparts beat the host Moncton Wildcats 4-3 on Wednesday to move on to the championship final at the Memorial Cup.
Andrew Andricopoulos scored the winning goal with 3:46 remaining to hand the Wildcats their first loss in 13 games at Moncton Coliseum.
"We wanted to do our best and compete with all the champions," Andricopoulos said. "And I think we've done that so far."
Quebec and Moncton both completed the preliminary round with 2-1 records, but the Remparts advanced by virtue of the superior seeding.
Twelve of the past 13 CHL champions earned the direct bye to the final.
"I won the Stanley Cup in 1986 and won it in 1996 and I just hope a Memorial Cup will be there in 2006," said Remparts owner, general manager and head coach Patrick Roy.
"They didn't hand out the trophy tonight," countered Wildcats head coach Ted Nolan.
Roy, whose public criticisms of Moncton netminder Josh Tordjman were called "classless" by Nolan, was repeatedly booed by the crowd of 7,159.
"I never had a standing ovation when I played on the road and I guess I don't expect one here," Roy said.
"Patrick gives a lot to this league and the years he has worked for the Remparts," said forward Alexander Radulov, who scored in the third period.
"They should be more respectful."
The Wildcats settled for a berth in the semifinal, where they will face the winner of Thursday's tiebreaker between the Vancouver Giants and Peterborough Petes(3 p.m. EDT).
Mathieu Melanson, Maxime Lacroix had the other goals for the Remparts.
Cedrick Desjardins totalled 32 saves.
Jerome Samson, Christian Gaudet and Philippe Dupuis tallied for the Wildcats.
Tordjman stopped 29 of 33 shots in defeat.
Quebec broke a 2-2 deadlock when Radulov converted Melanson's centring pass only 17 seconds in the third period, only to have Dupuis even proceedings by whacking in a rebound at the 2:49 mark.
It remained tied at 3-3 until Andricopolous stepped out of the penalty box, collected the puck off a turnover from defenceman Luc Bourdon and fired a shot that caromed off defenceman Andrew MacDonald's skate and behind Tordjman for the decisive score.
"I was making a pass in front and it went in. I meant to do that," Andricopoulos said with a sly grin.
With files from Canadian Press