The Rimouski Oceanic avoided going down three games to none in the President's Cup final against the Quebec Remparts with a 4-2 win at Colisee Pepsi last night.
Florida Panthers prospect Chris Clapperton set up Alexis Loiseau's power-play goal late in the first period which evened the game at one apiece. The assist gave him 19 points (10G/9A) in 14 postseason games.
Clapperton finished the tilt with four shots on goal and a -1 rating. He also took a slashing penalty which resulted in Guillaume Gauthier's game-opening goal and a second period high-sticking call.
Samuel Laberge and Michael Joly scored in the second period to give the Oceanic a lead they would not relinquish. Laberge scored again, on a power play, midway through the final frame to put the game away, just 2:18 after Quebec's Olivier Garneau cut the deficit to one.
Louis-Philip Guindon made 26 saves to post the win while Zachary Fucale took the loss, finishing with 29 stops.
The fourth game of the series will take place on Wednesday night in Quebec City.