Battle of the best
After a remarkable 112-point campaign that saw them drop just 10 games in regulation, the Drummondville Voltigeurs have been equally impressive in the postseason, disposing of Lewiston, Montreal and Rimouski in a mere 12 games. As nice as that run was, their next opponent will be a much tougher conquest.
Every player will be counted upon to lead the club to the President’s Cup and consequently earn a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament in Rimouski. Voltigeurs star and newest Hab Dany Massé made his presence felt against the Cataractes this season, scoring four goals and adding four assists in eight games. He’s been clutch in the playoffs as well, potting three game-winners will delivering a 60.9% success rate in the face-off circle.
Shawinigan also enjoyed a dream season in 2008-09, closing out the year with 105 points to finish second only to Drummondville. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Cataractes had an easy start to the postseason, sweeping Victoriaville in four straight. The club also made fairly quick work of its next two adversaries, dropping Gatineau and Quebec in five games to earn its place in the final.
Now, only two remain in the battle for the President’s Cup and statistically, it appears the edge slides in favor of the Cataractes. Of Drummondville’s 10 regulation losses, four came courtesy of Shawinigan, with the former winning three of the eight meetings.
Regardless of the result, whichever side comes out on top will earn their first QMJHL title. The Voltigeurs are vying for the championship for the fourth time while the Cataractes will be making just their second appearance, the last coming in 1971.
Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com
Inching closer to the Cup