Host Saint John wins Memorial Cup junior hockey title

by | Jun 30, 2022 | Sports

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — Vincent Sevigny and Cam MacDonald scored early and the host Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup, beating the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday night.Saint John won its second Memorial Cup title in four appearances, rebounding from a first-round loss to Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playofffs. The Sea Dogs also won in 2011 in Mississauga, Ontario, and lost in the semifinal games in 2012 and 2017.It was another national title for Gardiner MacDougall, a seven-time University Cup champion with the University of New Brunswick, who replaced Gordie Dwyer as interim head coach May 22.“It was just a complete team effort,” MacDougall said. “The players are most important. They really bought in and they were all so receptive. This is as hard as I have ever worked a team.”Riley Bezeau, William Dufour, Josh Lawrence and Peter Reynolds also scored, and Nikolas Hurtubise made 25 saves.“We have worked so hard and I am so, so proud,” Hurtubise said. “We knew that we worked too hard in the past month to not win it. We earned it.”Mason McTavish scored twice for Hamilton. Jan Mysak also connected.“The message to the boys was they’re a champion of champions,” Hamilton coach Jay McKee s …

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