The Kelowna Rockets fell by a score of 4-3 to the host Quebec Remparts on Friday night at the Pepsi Colisee in what was the opening game of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The win by Quebec marked the first time a host Club has won the opening game of the tournament since the Kitchener Rangers did it in 2008.
A physical first period saw a goal by Nikolas Brouillard give the Remparts a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the Rockets got on the board as Nick Merkley scored a short-handed goal to cut the lead in half.
After Ryan Graves struck early in the third period to restore the Remparts’ two-goal lead, the Rockets bounced back midway through the frame when forward Gage Quinney deflected a Josh Morrissey point shot past Remparts goaltender Zachary Fucale to close the gap to 3-2.