Rousseau leads Quebec Remparts past Seattle Thunderbirds 5-0 for third Memorial Cup title

William Rousseau made a save in the first shutout of Tournament 32 to give the Quebec Remparts a 5-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds and earn the team’s 3rd Memorial Cup.

KAMLOOPS, BC — KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) — William Rousseau made 32 saves in the first shutout of the tournament, beating the Quebec Remparts Seattle Thunderbirds 5-0 on Sunday night for the team’s third Memorial Cup title and first since 2006.

Tournament MVP James Malatesta, Vsevolod Komarov, Kassim Gaudet, Zachary Bolduc and Charles Savoie all scored for Quebec.

Hall-of-Famer goaltender Patrick Roy will step down with a track record as coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions, who reached the finals after opening the tournament with back-to-back victories over hosts Kamloops Blazers and Seattle. It is Roy’s second Memorial Cup title with the Remparts after winning in 2006.

Quebec also won the championship in 1971 when Guy Lafleur scored nine goals in seven Memorial Cup games.

The Remparts last played on Tuesday, losing 4-2 to the Peterborough Petes in their last round robin game.

Thomas Milic stopped 30 shots for Western Hockey League champion Seattle, who defeated Ontario Hockey League champion Petes 4-1 in Friday’s semifinals. It was Seattle’s first appearance in a Memorial Cup championship game.

Komarov opened the scoring with 6:31 in the first half and Malatesta, who scored five goals in four games, increased to 2:0 with 8:50 in the second half.

Gaudet scored in the third period 12:21 a goal with a man down. Bolduc made it 4-0 with 4:04 to go and Savoie sealed the equalizer with a goal two minutes later.

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