THE 2006 MEMORIAL CUP HISTORY
Radulov was the CHL's top player this season, leading all three leagues in scoring in the regular season and playoffs. He didn't win the scoring title at the Memorial Cup, but was sensational in the finale, helping the Remparts claim the national championship. Radulov claimed the Stafford Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the tournament.
Radulov set up Pierre Bergeron in front of the net for the opening goal midway through the first period. Bergeron, who scored two goals in the regular season and none in the playoffs, one-timed a pass from Radulov to give the Remparts an early lead.
Radulov bumped Quebec's lead to two with 10 seconds left in the opening period. Angelo Esposito forced a turnover deep in the Moncton zone and Mathieu Melanson picked up the puck at the side boards and fed Radulov, who was alone in front of the net. Radulov swept a backhander past the glove hand of Moncton goaltender Josh Tordjman.
Esposito padded Quebec's lead to four in the second period when he received a pass from Radulov in the slot, shifted to his backhand and slid the puck past Tordjman.
Keith Yandle cut the lead in half quickly in the third period. With the Wildcats on the powerplay, the CHL's defenceman of the year one-timed a shot from the point that went by Remparts' goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to put Moncton on the board. Two minutes later, Yandle grabbed the puck in the corner and skated to the face-off circle. He wired a wrist shot over Desjardins' glove hand to give the home team some life.
Desjardins made 46 saves in the win. It's the second straight year that Desjardins has been in the final game of the Memorial Cup. Last year, he backed the Rimouski Oceanic into the final, but gave up four goals on 34 shots in a 4-0 loss to the London Knights.
It was easy to write the Remparts off early in the tournament. They were the only team that didn't win a league championship on their way to the tournament. Roy was the only coach of the four teams that hadn't been to the Memorial Cup before and they lost the tournament-opening game to the Peterborough Petes. They rallied with round robin wins over Moncton and the Vancouver Giants to set-up their bid for the championship.