Volts try to forget Benn's big night

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

Drummondville’s Gabriel Dumont is trying to forget about Kelowna’s Jamie Benn and his four-goal game on Monday night.

“We’re just turning the page on it and getting ready for Rimouski (tonight),” the 18-year-old Voltigeurs forward said. “The first two games, we had the Quebec crowd cheering for us. Now, they’ll be against us. We swept Rimouski in the playoffs so they don’t like us.”

Benn came within a hair of tying the Memorial Cup record of five goals in one game. Dumont will never forget the Rockets forward’s final effort.

“At the end, he shoots the puck all the way down the ice with the net empty and it hits the post directly,” he said. “You could try that 10 times and 10 times you couldn’t do it. It was one of those things. He just had a great game.”

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One of Jamie Benn’s future teammates — Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards — will be at the Rimouski Colisee along with Tampa Bay Lightning standout Vinny Lecavalier for the all-Quebec Drummondville-Rimouski matchup that concludes the tournament’s round-robin portion.

Richards and Lecavalier, both former Oceanic players, are two of the Cup’s honorary presidents this week.

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By booking a berth in the Cup final Sunday, the Kelowna Rockets became the first Western Hockey League team to reach the championship game with Quebec as host league since the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 1997 at Hull.

The ’Canes lost 5-1 as the host Olympiques won their only Cup.

Here’s a bad omen for the Westerners: that ’97 tournament was the last to see a player record a four-goal game (by Hull’s Christian Dube) before Benn did it here.

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After putting themselves in an 0-2 hole, Windsor head coach Bob Boughner gave a vote of confidence to over-age goaltender Andrew Engelage heading into tonight’s game against Kelowna.

Londoner Bill Dark, the Spitfires goalie coach, said there was never a discussion of making a move to backup Josh Unice, who played in the Cup final last year with Kitchener.

“(Engelage) is the one who got us here,” Dark said. “He was in net when we won the OHL title. He set the record for wins in a season. You win or lose with Engy. You don’t sit out Taylor Hall just because he doesn’t have any goals (the first two games).”

AROUND TOWN

The hockey movie Slap Shot is a cult classic in Quebec.

But it’s not just because of Paul Newman as Reggie Dunlop, the slot-car addicted Hanson Brothers, the rest of the crazy Charlestown Chiefs and Syracuse goon Ogie Ogilthorpe.

Apparently, the movie’s classic lines are even funnier when dubbed into French — not at some studio in Paris but by recognizable actors in Quebec.

The movie is being shown on Friday at Rimouski’s Cinema Paraloeil. The Quebec-dubbed versions go at 2 and 8 p.m. and in the original English at 5 p.m.

It’s five bucks to get in for adults.


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