Rockets blast Voltigeurs

Rockets' Lucas Bloodoff (right) checks Voltigeurs' Yannick Riendeau while goalie Mark Guggenberger...

Rockets' Lucas Bloodoff (right) checks Voltigeurs' Yannick Riendeau while goalie Mark Guggenberger watches the puck during Memorial Cup action on Monday. (QMI Agency/Leopold Rousseau)

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Thirty-four years ago, Toronto Marlboros forward Bruce Boudreau scored five goals in one game for a Memorial Cup record.

Monday, Kelowna Rockets forward Jamie Benn came a goal post from giving the Washington Capitals coach some company.

The 19-year-old Canadian world junior gold medalist scored four times, including the game winner with 8:19 left in the third period, as the Western Hockey League champs booked a spot in Sunday's final with a 6-4 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs before 4,225 at the Rimouski Colisee.

In the dying moments, Benn slid the puck long distance at the empty Volts net.

It clanged straight off the iron and denied him a share of Cup history.

"There were a couple of seconds left so I went for it," the Dallas Stars prospect from Victoria, B.C. said. "It's one of those games where you feel like you're getting the bounces and you try to take advantage of it."

Benn is lighting up this Cup.

He also had an assist for a five-point outing.

In two games, he has five goals and eight points. He has factored in all but two of Kelowna's 10 goals.

He opened the scoring shorthanded four minutes into the game. He scored the game-tying goal on a third-period power play, then broke the Volts' hearts with the winner.

He used the same stick all game.

"Jamie was great for us, he always is," Rockets defenceman Brandon McMillan said. "We were hoping he got that last one. I think there was one second left when it hit the post."

It was one of the best individual performances in Cup history. The last four-goal game belonged to Hull's Christian Dube in 1997.

Benn, the WHL's top post-season scorer, also won a personal points race against Drummondville star Yannick Riendeau, the leading scorer in the Quebec league this year.

Riendeau had a goal and figured in all four Volts' goals.

"I didn't notice," Benn said. "I don't keep track of what the other team is doing. Our whole team did a great job and now we have a big game (tonight) before the final."

The Rockets now face winless Windsor, who needs a win to stay alive and force a Cup tie-breaker game.

Kelowna played all season without Toronto Maple Leaf Luke Schenn. The defenceman went to the NHL this season at age 18 and never came back.

They're clearly in good hands with Benn.

"He's a very good player," Volts forward Dany Masse said. "We just want to turn the page now. We're still in a good position."


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