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Mooseheads vs. Eagles: Game 1 blog transcript

<p>The Halifax Mooseheads hosted theCape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night at the Metro Centre for Game 1 ofthe QMJHL best-of-seven quarterfinals.</p>

The Halifax Mooseheads hosted the
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night at the Metro Centre for Game 1 of
the QMJHL best-of-seven quarterfinals.

FIRST PERIOD



* Bryce Swan takes an early penalty but the Mooseheads do a
great job shutting down the Screaming Eagles’ power play, the league’s
highest-scoring in the regular season.

* GOAL HFX (1-0 Hfx) Cape
Breton counters with some chances
after the failed power play, but Halifax
opens the scoring at 6:11. Brad Marchand makes a great move at the blue line to
shake a defender and create some open ice, then puts the puck on goal. Hillier
puts in the rebound on Halifax’s
fourth shot.

* GOAL CB (1-1) Dean Ouellet does what he’s done
all season and scores a huge goal to draw his team into a 1-1 tie. The Eagles
captain steps up on the rush and tees up a slap shot from the top of the
faceoff circle, blasting one that Yetman gets a piece of with his glove but not
enough. It bounces in as the Mooseheads dive in desperation at 12:37. Great
shot by Ouellet, but it will be interesting to see how Yetman responds.

* GOAL CB (2-1 CB) Just 59 seconds later, the
Jordan Clendenning-Joey Haddad-Nick MacNeil “second line” has a great shift for
Cape Breton and scores on a three-way passing play. They get the Mooseheads
running around and MacNeil makes a cross-crease pass to Haddad for a wide-open
net at 13:36.

* Jakub Voracek almost had a shorthanded goal with about
three minutes to go, putting one through the pads of Roy. It slid through, but fell short of the
goalline, although the Metro Centre staff honked the goal horn prematurely.

* Logan MacMillan just took Halifax’s
third straight penalty, which isn’t a great idea given the quality of Cape Breton’s
power play. It hasn’t burned them yet.

* Jan Piskacek takes Cape Breton’s
first penalty with one minute left in the period.

SECOND PERIOD



* Halifax
will start the second period with a minute-long power play.

* For all the Mooseheads’ high-powered offensive weapons,
they have just 10 shots through 25 minutes and none in the second period.
They’re going to need to get more pucks on Roy if they want to shake the 16-year-old
rookie.

* The Screaming Eagles have a 9-0 edge in shots through six
minutes.

* Jordan Clendenning has had an outstanding game, and he
almost put Cape Breton up 3-1 with a bullet shot. Mark
Yetman made a good glove save to deny him.

* Ryan Hillier is having a good game. Not only does he have
a goal, but he’s been playing a tough physical game and is very involved. He
signed a contract with the New York Rangers last week, so perhaps he has some
pressure off his shoulders.

* The Mooseheads just got their second shot of the period at
the 8:36 mark. It was a weak one from Ben MacAskill that barely made it on net.

* Andrew White has played well for Halifax and just had a great backhand chance,
but Olivier Roy kicked out a quick pad and made a great save.

* The Screaming Eagles are playing a terrific road game and
aren’t giving the Mooseheads an inch offensively. It may be a shock to Halifax’s system to play a
strong team after facing a fairly easy opponent in the first round.

* Olivier Roy is showcasing some very quick footwork
whenever the Mooseheads get a chance. He just denied Colby Pridham on one of Halifax’s best chances
this period.

* GOAL HFX (2-2) Brad
Marchand salvaged what was a pretty underwhelming period for the Mooseheads,
storming in off the wing from centre ice and ripping one through Olivier Roy’s
five-hole with just 7.2 seconds remaining on a terrific shot.

* Peter-James Corsi takes a checking-from-behind minor as
time expires at the end of the first period, which is going to give Cape Breton
a chance to gather momentum early in the third period. The Mooseheads were
outshot 14-6 in the second.

THIRD PERIOD

* Brad Marchand has had a good game for the Mooseheads so
far and has been the most noticeable player on the ice. He has a goal and an
assist already and his play in the third period could dictate whether Halifax skates away with
a victory.

* The Mooseheads have to kill Peter-James Corsi’s two-minute
minor for checking from behind to start the third period. This will be a big
kill.

* Halifax
kills off the penalty with relative ease, a promising sign for the Herd.

* Spencer Corcoran just delivered a hard hit to Peter-James
Corsi, who left the ice favouring his knee. It’s interesting to note that Corsi
leveled Corcoran from behind at the end of the second period. It would be a big
loss for Halifax
if Corsi is hurt.

* Brad Marchand is dominating.

* GOAL HFX (3-2 Hfx) Olivier Roy came up with some
big, timely saves, but on a Chris Culligan penalty, the Mooseheads scored the
go-ahead goal 4:53 in. Jakub Voracek fired a shot from the point that beat Roy cleanly.

* The Mooseheads are pouring it on, and the Screaming Eagles
aren’t moving the puck out of their own end with much efficiency under the
pressure.

* Corsi hasn’t returned yet.

* The Screaming Eagles don’t have a shot this period and
we’re 7:30 in.

* Ryan Hillier left the ice with an injury and slammed his
stick hard in frustration into the boards in front of the Cape Breton
bench on his way off the ice.

* Corsi and Hillier are back on the ice, good news for the
Moose.

* There’s 9:07 to go, and the Mooseheads lead 3-2. The
Screaming Eagles have had a feeble period so far, and aren’t going to win if it
keeps up.

* A key penalty here: Bryce Swan’s hard-working shift
results in a two-minute high-sticking call to Vincent Lavigueur with 5:18 to
go. This will eat up a lot of the clock, while giving Halifax a chance to score an insurance goal.

* GOAL HFX (4-2 Hfx) Joey Haddad wired one off the
cross-bar at one end, and moments later, Halifax gives itself a much-needed
insurance goal with 2:22 to go. The Mooseheads crash the crease and it ends up
in the net courtesy of Peter-James Corsi.

* Cape
Breton takes a timeout
with 93 seconds remaining.

* Joey Haddad had a point blank chance to pull Cape Breton
to within one with 45 seconds to go, but Mark Yetman made a great save.

* The Mooseheads take a 1-0 lead in the series with a 4-2
win. The Screaming Eagles outshot the Mooseheads 36-29, but Brad Marchand and
his cohorts played a terrific third period after a sluggish middle frame. The
first star went to Marchand, with a goal and two assists; the second to Cape Breton’s
Joey Haddad; and the third to Ryan Hillier. Game 2 is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the
Metro Centre.

 
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