#MMC100 Three Stars of Memorial Cup Semifinal
Regina, SK – The host Regina Pats shocked the Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring a 4-2 victory on Friday night at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, setting the stage for a meeting with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the tournament championship.
Sam Steel, C, Regina Pats
1G-1A, +3, 3 SOG, 16/27 FO
The prospect of the Anaheim Ducks continued his torrid tear through the tournament, registering a goal and an assist Friday night. The 20-year-old product of Sherwood Park, AB notched the eventual game-winning goal – his second goal of the tournament – when he scooped up a rebound and put it past a helpless Kaden Fulcher for a 3-1 Pats lead. Steel then set the table for Jake Leschyshyn’s empty-net goal that iced the outcome. At the end of the night, Steel collected two points (1G-1A), a plus-3 rating and three shots on goal, extending his tournament-leading scoring total to 13 points (2G-11A).
Kaden Fulcher, G, Hamilton Bulldogs
20 SV, L
The 19-year-old prospect of the Detroit Red Wings did everything in his power to give the Bulldogs a shot at advancing, unfortunately it was not enough. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Bridgen, ON was sharp, including a point-blank save on Nick Henry midway through the second period, preserving a 1-1 tie at the time. Early in the third period with the Pats out front 2-1, Fulcher rejected the ever-dangerous Cameron Hebig, who fired a quick shot from the slot for a quality opportunity. Moments later, Fulcher stretched out in the crease to turn away Steel on the doorstep, keeping the Bulldogs within a goal.
Max Paddock, G, Regina Pats
44 SV, W
The 17-year-old product of Brandon, MB turned in another rock-steady performance against the OHL’s Bulldogs, making 44 saves for his third win of the tournament. Paddock was on his game from the get-go, including a shoulder stop on Robert Thomas to preserve a 1-0 lead in the first period. Early in the third period, Paddock stretched out with the glove hand to rob Jack Hanley from the point. The youngster now leads the tournament with 127 saves.