While the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning fought in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final, players representing the rival organizations worked together in the Quebec Remparts’ 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in the first game of the 2015 Memorial Cup.
Rangers defensive prospect Ryan Graves found the back of the net while his team was shorthanded early in the third period to give Quebec a 3-1 lead. Anthony Duclair, who was drafted by New York but dealt to Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade, assisted on the marker. Kelowna’s Gage Quinney brought the Rockets within one, but Lightning prospect Adam Erne gave the Remparts some breathing room with an empty netter.
Erne’s marker proved to be vital as Leon Draisaitl, who was taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, scored for Kelowna with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation time. Draisaitl’s efforts ultimately proved to be too little, too late though.
Zachary Fucale was the winning goaltender with 25 saves. He’s a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization after being selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The Memorial Cup will continue on Saturday when Rimouski takes on Oshawa.