It’s do or die time for the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar tonight in Game 7 of the President’s Cup final in Baie-Comeau, Que.
The tight Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship series has been neck and neck since Game 1 with neither team holding more than a one-game lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
Game time is 8:30 p.m. for the final game of a series that’s featured two overtime games (each team has one win in overtime), one regulation time one-goal victory (won by the Drakkar) and a shutout, also won by Baie-Comeau.
Sunday, Val-d’Or, led by former P.E.I. Rocket defenceman Ryan Graves, scored a 6-3 win on Val-d’Or to tie things 3-3 and force Game 7.
Graves, a first-round pick in 2011, had a goal and two assists in Game 6 while teammate Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored twice.
Former Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau made 43 saves in the win while another former Rocket, Louick Marcotte, was held scoreless.
Marcotte, another first-round selection in 2010, is tied with linemate Anthony Mantha for second in playoff scoring with 35 points.
Tonight’s winner moves on to the Memorial Cup, which starts Friday in London, Ont.
Bibeau and Graves were traded to Val-d’Or in the Christmas trading period.
Marcotte was sent west during the 2013 QMJHL draft.