Marcotte, Bibeau, Graves going to Memorial Cup

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Mantha scores series-cliniching goal in final minute for Val-d'Or Foreurs

A trio of former Charlottetown Islanders is going to the Memorial Cup.

Left-winger Louick Marcotte, defenceman Ryan Graves and goalie Antoine Bibeau were part of the Val-d’Or Foreurs team that defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-3 Tuesday night. The Foreurs won the best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final 4-3.

Val-d’Or led 3-0 midway through the third period before the host Drakkar scored three straight goals to tie the game up with two minutes to play.

Anthony Mantha, who also had two assists, scored the game-winning goal with 52 seconds to play.

Marcotte, who the Islanders traded before last year’s draft for a first-round pick they used on Alexandre Goulet, scored Val-d’Or’s second goal on Tuesday. Centre Samuel Henley, a brother to Islanders defenceman David Henley, and defenceman Randy Gazzola also scored in the win.

Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Felix Girard and Jeremy Gregoire replied for Baie-Comeau.

Bibeau made 40 saves, including 18 in the first period. He was named the playoff most valuable player.

The Foreurs held period leads of 1-0 and 3-0.

Val-d’Or joins the Memorial Cup host London Knights, Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm and the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Western Hockey League winners.

The tournament begins Friday when London plays the Foreurs at 8 p.m. ADT. The final takes place on May 25.

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