The Halifax Mooseheads are hosting the Victoriaville Tigres
for Game 6 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s first playoff round.
The Mooseheads won Games 1 and 2 in Halifax,
before losing a pair of games in Victoriaville.
They rebounded with a 7-2 win in Game 5.
The Tigres are hoping to stave off elimination and force the
series to Game 7, which would be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Metro Centre.
* It’s been a tentative start in the first five minutes. The
Mooseheads had a power play and generated very little. Mark Yetman looked sharp
on a nice early pad save, and other than that, there haven’t been any
outstanding scoring chances.
* Tigres forward Philip-Michael Devos was absolutely robbed
by Mark Yetman with a pair of pad/toe saves at the 6:19 mark. Devos, one of the
Tigres most eeffective players this series, slammed his stick on the ice in
frustration. Yetman has been extremely steady in the playoffs since taking over
for Pier-Olivier Pelletier.
* GOAL HFX (1-0 Hfx) Ryan Hillier puts the
Mooseheads on the board first at the 7:01 mark. Brad Marchand directs the puck
on goal from between the hash marks and it ends up on Hillier’s stick on the
doorstep. He jams it home for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Peter-James
Corsi picks up the second assist.
* GOAL HFX (2-0 Hfx) The Tigres take another early
penalty and the Mooseheads pounce. Jakub Voracek fires a point shot and Kevin
Poulin can’t hold in the rebound. Logan MacMillan picks up the puck and tucks
it in. Colby Pridham draws the second assist. Power play or not, the MVP
connection is tough to stop.
* Keven Dupont slams Brad Marchand into the boards at 11:31,
another bad penalty for the Tigres. This game is going to get out of reach very
quickly if they don’t start using common sense and stay out of the penalty box.
It only gets worse 53 seconds later when Antoine Laperrier hammers Ryan Hillier
from behind. It’s a two-man advantage for the Herd for a minute and seven
seconds, with 8:26 to go.
* GOAL HFX (3-0 Hfx) Jakub Voracek works his magic
from the power-play point feeding Peter-James Corsi for a wide-open net on a
perfect passing play on the two-man advantage. The Tigres are making this easy
for the Mooseheads.
* GOAL HFX (4-0 Hfx) Just after the second penalty
expires, rookie Travis Randell skates in off the right wing and flips a pass in
front. It goes off a body or a leg on a lucky bounce and ends up behind Kevin
Poulin for a 4-0 lead with 5:15 to go. Tomas Knotek gets credit after a lengthy
review. Shots are 11-5 for Halifax.
* Kevin Poulin is done, at least for now, in the Tigres
goal. Tommy Legault replaces him and has played in just 55 minutes of the
* GOAL HFX (5-0 Hfx) The Mooseheads smell blood and
aren’t leaving any doubt about this one. Ryan Hillier rips a shot from the
faceoff circle on a rush, Brad Marchand crashes the net, and Peter-James Corsi
rams home the rebound to make it 5-0 at 15:38. Nobody’s heading for the exits
yet, but it’s safe to say the only thing in doubt at this stage is whether the
Mooseheads make it into the quarter-finals without injury.
* SUMMARY The Tigres played a brutal period of
hockey, taking dumb penalties, and the Mooseheads played a great one, grabbing
the momentum and scoring at will. That’s why it’s 5-0 for Halifax, with a similar 15-5 shot total.
* GOAL HFX (6-0 Hfx) Bryce Swan helps the
Mooseheads pick up where they left off in the first period, scoring 64 seconds
into the second period on his backhand. It’s Swan’s seventh goal in six games
and the Mooseheads have a 6-0 lead.
* The Tigres took five first-period penalties, and they take
another one just over five minutes into the second period. It’s not like they
have a reasonable hope for a comeback, but any chance of making a game of it is
quickly dying. On the bright side, they just had a great chance, but Jason
Demers couldn’t bury an open-net shorty.
* Alexandre Monahan takes Victoriaville’s seventh penalty at 11:23. The
Mooseheads have only been whistled for a single minor.
* Make it eight penalties for the Tigres, courtesy of a too
many men on the ice penalty, with 8:40 to go. Halifax has taken its foot off the gas, to an
* The Tigres take their ninth penalty of the night with 3:52
to go, another too-many-men minor. The shots are 27-9 as the Herd continues its
* The Mooseheads are running third-liners Tomas Knotek,
Travis Randell and Andrew White on the top power-play unit, an indication this
thing is wrapped up.
* GOAL HFX (7-0 Hfx) Moosehads right-winger Jakub
Voracek feathers a puck on net from the point on the power play and Bryce Swan
tips it to beat Tommy Legault through traffic for Halifax’s third goal on nine
man advantages. That’s eight goals in six games for Swan, who has been a force
in this series.
* SUMMARY It’s 7-0 Mooseheads after 40 minutes.
They are outshooting the Tigres 29-9 and have nine power plays to Victoriaville’s one.
* The third period is no doubt going to be a snoozer. The
Tigres have one foot on a bus back to Victoriaville
at this stage, and the Mooseheads don’t want to risk injuries. Kevin Poulin
back in Victoriaville’s
net in place of Tommy Legault.
* As expected, this period’s a snoozer. The Tigres have
managed one shot on goal all period, with 3:23 to go, and only 11 shots all
game. The Mooseheads’ single-game record for fewest shots against isn’t known,
but this has got to be close.
* Tigres head coach Yanick Jean put out his three
20-year-olds, Steven Cacciotti, Louis-Etienne Leblanc and Toby Lafrance, for
the final shift in a classy move.
* The Mooseheads advance to the quarterfinals with a 4-2
series win. Their opponent is not yet known. Mark Yetman faced just 12 shots
for the shutout in the 7-0 win and didn’t earn a star selection for his
efforts. Instead, the honours went to Peter-James Corsi (first star), Jakub
Voracek (second) and Ryan Hillier (third).