Cataractes capture first championship
May 28, 2012
Shawinigan win 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
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Anton Zlobin scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 2-1 victory over the London Knights and capture the first championship in franchise history. Shawinigan is the first team to eliminate three champions (WHL, OHL and QMJHL) in CHL history.
The London Knights were the first to get on the board at 5:42. Austin Watson was the author of a beautiful feed to Ryan Rupert who netted his second goal of the tournament.
The Cataractes had an opportunity to tie the score up at one on the power-play, but they failed to register even a shot on goal during the two-man advantage.
London played a very tight first period, limiting Shawinigan to four shots on goal.
Anton Zlobin tied the score at 3:01 of the second period. He let go a wrist-shot that deflected on a defenseman’s stake before crossing the blue-line. The marker was Zlobin’s fourth of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The Knights opened up play after the Shawinigan goal but Gabriel Girard was just brilliant, multiplying the big saves.
In the third period both goaltenders shone, each pushing away eight shots on goal to keep it tied at one heading into overtime.
With just over two minutes left in the first overtime, Anton Zlobin sent the 5,250 fans at Centre Bionest into a frenzy by scoring his second goal of the night and fifth of the tournament helping the Shawinigan Cataractes capture the MasterCard Memorial, the first championship in team history.
Without great surprise, Zlobin was named the game’s first star.