The Mooseheads grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship series on Wednesday night with a 7-4 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Halifax lost Game 3, 3-1, on Tuesday night, their first loss of the post-season.
The Drakkar led 2-0 early in the second but Halifax would respond with six goals in the frame to lead 6-3 heading into the third. The final stanza featured some rough stuff as you’d expect because the Drakkar are the Drakkar. Basically every Moose fan with internet access is calling Baie-Comeau “classless.”
Halifax’s big guns came to life on Wednesday with Jonathan Drouin recording a goal and three assists, Nathan MacKinnon a goal and an assist, and Martin Frk two goals and three assists. Trey Lewis, Andrew Ryan, and Konrad Abeltshauser also had goals. Zach Fucale made 39 saves in the win.
Former Sea Dog Stephen MacAulay had two assists, one shot, two penalty minutes, a +1 rating, one hit, and went 1/7 in faceoffs. The 20-year old now has six goals and 12 assists in 15 playoff games.
Stephen Macaulay has been trremendous in this game, playing with desire, intelligence and supporting defensemen at all times.
— Simon Larouche (@simon_larouche) May 9, 2013
Samuel Noreau, Petr Straka, Carl Gelinas, and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau had Drakkar goals. Philippe Cadorette allowed five goals on 16 shots before getting the hook. Francis Desrosiers made nine saves in relief.
So the Mooseheads now have a chance to win the Cup on home ice on Friday night and book a trip to Saskatoon. Should be a good one.
Elsewhere on Wednesday night…
- In the ECHL, the Cincinnati Cyclones defeated the Reading Royals 3-2 in overtime. The Royals lead the Eastern Conference Final 2-1. Former Sea Dogs defensemen Charles-Olivier Roussel and David MacDonald were held pointless for the Cyclones. Stanislav Galiev did not play for the Royals.
- In the OHL, the Barrie Colts now lead the OHL Final, 3-1, thanks to a 6-4, Game 4 win tonight. Game 5 is on Friday in London and can be seen on Sportsnet.