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05/23/2015 19:23 EDT | Updated 05/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Smith goal lifts Oshawa over Rimouski 4-3 in Memorial Cup opener for both teams

QUEBEC - Hunter Smith broke a tie with a goal at 9:24 of the third period as the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals defeated the Rimouski Oceanic 4-3 in the opening game for both teams Saturday at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Tobias Lindberg, Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Desrocher also scored for the Generals, who outshot Rimouski 37-22.Tyler Boland, Alexis Loiseau and Jan Kostalek scored for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Oceanic, the favourite of most of the 8,409 at the Pepsi Colisee.For the first 15 minutes, the Generals forechecking game worked to perfection. They got the opening goal at 4:07 off a faceoff as Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron pushed a faceoff to Ottawa Senators property Lindberg, who beat Dallas Stars goalie Philippe Desrosiers from close range.A turnover at the blue-line allowed two more NHL prospects to combine for a goal, as Los Angeles' Matt Mistele dropped a pass to New York Islanders first rounder Dal Colle who snapped a wrist shot to the top corner at 9:27.But the Oceanic got a break when Andrew Picco's pass from the point went in off Boland at 15:26. Then Loiseau stole a puck and went to the net to beat Ken Appleby at 16:10.Oshawa had a 13-5 shot advantage in the second and got the go-ahead goal when Cole Cassels won a faceoff back for Desrocher to score from the point at 18:33.Kostalek tied it on a power play 3:46 into the third on a wrister after Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier hustled back to strip Sam Morin of the puck in the neutral zone.Smith put Oshawa up again on a rush when he beat Desrosiers to his own rebound and put it in stick side.A battle of giants broke out at 8:12 of the second when six-foot-seven Morin and six-foot-six McCarron squared off. But no punches landed as the two crashed to the ice with McCarron perhaps winning a point for landing on top.The Generals are back on the ice Sunday afternoon to face the host Quebec Remparts (1-0) while Rimouski plays Monday night against the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets (0-1).