Roy's Remparts in final

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

MONCTON -- Patrick Roy verbally got under the skin of the Moncton Wildcats this week and last night his team went out and got his back.

The Quebec Remparts, who have not won the Memorial Cup since 1971 when they were led by captain Guy Lafleur, earned a spot in the Cup final on Sunday with a 4-3 victory against the host Wildcats. The win came after Roy spent the past few days criticizing opponents' goalies, including the Wildcats' Josh Tordjman. That brought a rebuke from Moncton coach Ted Nolan, who said Roy's comments were classless and that being a good athlete did not make him a good person.

"I never had a standing ovation when I played on the road as a player and I guess I don't expect one here," Roy said when asked about being Public Enemy No. 1 in Moncton.

"My role is to show class, and sign autographs when they ask, take pictures and shake hands (with fans) when they ask me. That is what I'm doing."

There apparently was another verbal shot delivered at Nolan by Roy as the latter walked across the ice to the bench at the beginning of the game, but Roy said it was "confidential" and Nolan said he did not hear what Roy allegedly said. There were signs throughout the Moncton Coliseum that disparaged Roy and he was booed loudly during the match.

Nolan and Roy sat a few feet apart at the post-game news conference and there clearly was no love lost between them.

Neither Nolan nor Tordjman thought the war of words off the ice had a bearing on the outcome. But the Wildcats had won 16 in a row at home, including 13 since the playoffs began. They will meet the winner of today's tie-breaker between the Peterborough Petes and Vancouver Giants in the semi-final tomorrow night.

Remparts defenceman Andrew Andricopoulos, a native of Massachusetts who eschewed college in favour of the Remparts after meeting Roy at the 2003 Cup, scored the winner with less than four minutes left. Andricopoulos' pass bounced behind Tordjman off the skate of defenceman Andrew MacDonald.

The Remparts are the only non-champion here, having lost to the Wildcats in the Quebec league final. Of the past 13 Cup winners, 12 have first earned a bye to the Cup final.

"I hope we can continue the tradition," Andricopoulos said. "We are playing the underdog and I love it. But we deserve (to move on). That was my biggest goal."

Though they were supported by a capacity crowd of 7,159, the Wildcats played their poorest game of the tournament.

"This was not about goaltending," Nolan said. "We weren't ready for prime time. But they did not hand out a trophy and this tournament is far from over."

Alexander Radulov, Maxime Lacroix and Mathieu Melanson also scored for Quebec. Jerome Samson, Christian Gaudet and Philippe Dupuis scored for Moncton.

Roy won four Stanley Cups during a career that should get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame this season, and he figured there could be a greater power at work.

"I have started to believe in destiny," Roy said. "I won the Stanley Cup in 1986, won it in 1996, and I hope the Memorial Cup will be there in 2006. The way my team is playing right now, we have a lot of confidence."


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