The Moncton Wildcats are still alive in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.
The Wildcats staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory in Game 5 last night over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The Armada lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in BLB on Sunday.
Former Sea Dog and current Armada forward Ryan Tesink had an eventful game, fighting Garrett Johnston in the first period and then getting thrown out in the second for a check from behind on Adam Holwell.
The Wildcats and Halifax Mooseheads are the only Maritime based QMJHL teams remaining in post-season play. The Mooseheads completed a sweep last night over the Charlottetown Islanders at Eastlink Centre. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan were swept also swept away by the Val-d’Or Foreurs and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles lost in four straight to the Gatineau Olympiques. All three of these series were delayed a day due to the blizzard.
A few other playoff related notes:
- With the Titan eliminated, Scott Oke’s QMJHL career has come to an end. Oke, who played parts of three seasons with the Dogs, had 64 goals and 159 points in 252 career regular season games. He added nine goals and 12 assists in 49 playoff games.
- The Wildcats had to start last night’s game at 6 pm because of some trade show at the Moncton Coliseum this weekend. It just wouldn’t be the playoffs without something weird like this happening in Moncton.
- According to the Screaming Eagles’ Twitter, the start of their second period was delayed due to a technical issue with the video review system. Odd.
- Rimouski and Baie-Comeau have already moved on with sweeps over Chicoutimi and Shawinigan, respectively. Drummondville leads Victoriaville 3-1 and Rouyn-Noranda leads Quebec 3-1 heading into Game 5s tonight.
- Five of the eight first round matches have ended in sweeps. Oh, the excitement.
- Just over two months until draft day! Yeah!
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