The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won the 2019 Memorial Cup from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions defeated the host Halifax Mooseheads 4-2 in the championship game.
Two players had multi-point games for the Huskies in the championship final. Peter Abbandonato of Laval, Quebec notched one goal and one assist for two points. Meanwhile, Justin Bergeron of Magog, Quebec notched two assists. The other Huskies goal scorers were Vincent Marleau of Chateauguay, Quebec, Felix Bibeau of Mercier, Quebec and Joel Teasdale of Lavaltrie, Quebec.
It was a strong game overall for Abbandonato. The Huskies assistant captain was a +3 to lead Rouyn-Noranda.
The Mooseheads were actually leading the game at just over the five minute mark of the second period. That is when the Huskies scored four unanswered goals with two goals each in the second and third periods.
This was the second straight Memorial Cup title for Huskies head coach Mario Pouliot of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. He was the head coach of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2018.
There is no doubt that the Huskies had the Mooseheads’ number in 2019. Rouyn-Noranda beat Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Final, the round robin portion of the Memorial Cup and in Sunday’s final.
This was also the first time ever that the Huskies had won the Memorial Cup. Three years ago in Red Deer, Alberta, the Huskies reached the Memorial Cup final but lost 3-2 in overtime to the London Knights.