Monday, May 28, 2012
The Shawinigan Cataractes won their first Memorial Cup last night after a 43 year wait in a thrilling game which went deep into an overtime period before Anton Zobin converted Michael Bournival's centering pass from behind the goal line at 17:51 of the extra period to give Shawinigan a 2-1 victory, which caused an eruption of the 5,000 fans in attendance at their 4,100 seat arena.
Michael Chaput was voted the tournament MVP after scoring 12 points in 6 games for the Cataractes. Gabriel Girard made 34 saves for the winners.
Shawinigan had finished last in the round robin part of the tournament and needed to win a tie breaker to advance to the semifinals, where they defeated the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs before winning in the final over the London Knights, their fourth game in five days, while London had five days rest after winning the round robin.