NEWBRIDGE ACADEMY SHUTOUT BY ALBATROS IN ITS FIRST TELUS CUP GAME
RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. – Raphaël Bastille scored twice and added an assist, Marc-Olivier Lantin had a goal and a helper and Tristan Bérubé stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame blanked the Newbridge Academy Gladiators 4-0 in the Monday finale at the 2015 TELUS Cup.
Vincent Ouellet-Beaudry had the other goal for the Albatros, who earned the victory in their debut at Canada’s National Midget Championship after a 40-day layoff.
Collège Notre-Dame held a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but needed until the 14-minute mark to open the scoring; Bastille kept on a two-on-one and beat Newbridge Academy netminder Matthew Williams through the five-hole.
The Albatros doubled the lead very quickly, with Emanuel Aucoin winning the ensuing face-off and finding Ouellet-Beaudry, who streaked down the wing and scored just 12 seconds after the Bastille goal.
Both teams turned up the offence in the second period, combining for 21 shots, but it remained a 2-0 Collège Notre-Dame lead after 40 minutes.
Bastille struck for a second time 4:25 into the third period, burying a rebound after a Marc-Éric Bourque slap shot bounced out of Williams’ glove and onto Bastille’s stick for a 3-0 advantage.
Lantin redirected a Wilson Forest shot past Williams with 4:35 left to finish the scoring.
While he wasn’t nearly as busy as his Newbridge Academy counterpart, Bérubé was solid when he had to be, earning the first opening-game shutout by a host team goaltender since Red Deer’s Marc Boulanger blanked the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars in 2007.
Neither team found any success on the power play; Collège Notre-Dame was without a goal in eight opportunities with the man advantage, while Newbridge Academy was unsuccessful in five chances.
The Albatros try for a 2-0 start on Tuesday when they face the Strathmore Bisons in a 7:30 p.m. ET rendezvous, while the Gladiators meet the Regina Pat Canadians in a match-up of winless teams at 4 p.m. ET.