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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