The Edmonton Oil Kings fell 6-1 to the Shawinigan Cataractes in a Memorial Cup tiebreaker on Thursday night, ending what was a very successful 2011-12 campaign.
Anton Zlobin had a goal and an assist in a four-goal second period for the host team, while Henrik Samuelsson scored the lone goal for the WHL champion Oil Kings. Morgan Ellis, Kirill Kabanov and Michaël Bournival also had a goal and an assist for Shawinigan in the victory.
Yannick Veilleux opened the scoring for the Cataractes, tipping home a Brandon Gormley shot at 7:30 of the first period, before Ellis made it 2-0 with a power play marker at 17:01. Zlobin made it a three-goal game just 1:54 into the second period and Kabanov increased the lead to four with a lucky bounce off the back boards that hit Laurent Brossoit and trickled over the line just 1:02 later. Bournival scored on the power play to make it 5-0 and Pierre-Olivier Morin potted a shorthanded tally to make it six, before Samuelsson got his fifth point in four games at the 16:50 mark of the second.
Brossoit gave up six goals on 31 shots, while Gabriel Girard stopped 29 at the other end.
The Cataractes will play the Saint John Sea Dogs in Friday's semifinal, with the winner going on to face the London Knights for the Memorial Cup trophy. (jk)
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