The Quebec Remparts defeated Florida Panthers prospect Chris Clapperton and the Rimouski Océanic on Thursday night in a tiebreaker game by a score of 5-2, eliminating them from the Memorial Cup tournament.
After both the Remparts and Océanic went 1-2 through their three games of the round-robin series, they were forced to face each other in a tiebreaker game which marked the 17th time they’ve matched up this season. Most recently, Rimouski defeated the Remparts 4 games to 3 to win the QMJHL championship, and they also shut out the Remparts 4-0 on Wednesday night in the final round-robin game for both teams.
In tonight’s game, the Remparts opened the scoring in the first on a deflection by Jerome Verrier, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Morin would tie the game two and a half minutes into the 2nd period. Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair gave Quebec the lead just a minute later with his first goal of the tournament, and again, Rimouski tied it at 2 with 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd. After Rimouski goaltender Philippe Desrosiers mishandled the puck behind the net, Lightning prospect Adam Erne was able to gain possession and score. Oilers prospect Marc-Olivier Roy added a 5th goal for Quebec in the 3rd after crashing the net and tapping the puck in between his legs.
Chris Clapperton went pointless in the game and finished the Memorial Cup with 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 total games. Clapperton had 76 points in 61 games this season, his second best point total in juniors since he tallied 77 in 67 games two years ago. Having now completed his 4th season in the QMJHL, it’s likely the 5’10” left-winger will likely sign an entry-level contract with the Panthers, especially considering they don’t have a substantial amount of depth on the wings.