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Eagles soar past Maineiacs

The Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are playoff opponents for the first time since 2003.


The Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are playoff opponents for the first time since 2003.

The Screaming Eagles advanced to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League quarter-finals last night, knocking out the Lewiston Maineiacs with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 of the first round at Centre 200 in Sydney.

Eagles forward Murdock MacLellan of Inverness was the hero with the winner at 9:46 of the first overtime.

The provincial rivals last met in 2003, when the Mooseheads swept the Eagles 4-0 in the conference quarter-finals.

The Mooseheads are expected to host Games 1 and 2 of the series on Friday and Saturday at the Metro Centre.


• Mooseheads forward Jakub Voracek was named a Q second-team all-star yesterday. He piled up 101 points in 53 games, fourth in QMJHL scoring. His 1.9 points-per-game average was second to Claude Giroux of the Gatineau Olympiques.

Giroux was a first-team selection along with fellow forwards Stefano Giliati of the Lewiston Maineiacs (87 points) and Francis Pare of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (102 points).

Quebec Remparts goalie Kevin Desfosses and blue-liners Marc-Andre Bourdon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) and Marc-Andre Dorion (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) also made the first team.

Rouyn-Noranda’s Michael Dubuc and scoring champ Mathieu Perreault of the Bathurst Titan joined Voracek up front on the second team, while Ivan Vishnevskiy (Rouyn-Noranda) and Kevin Marshall (Lewiston) earned selections on defence. Baie-Comeau’s Marco Cousineau got the nod in goal.


• Mooseheads forward Tomas Knotek earned a spot on the all-rookie team after recording 22 goals and 66 points in 69 games. Eagles goalie Olivier Roy was also an all-rookie pick.


 
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