The Halifax Mooseheads have had seven days off, and nobody has benefited more than superstar Jakub Voracek.
The 18-year-old right-winger contracted a viral infection before the start of the Mooseheads’ last playoff series against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and never fully recovered.
But the Mooseheads haven’t played since finishing off the Screaming Eagles last Friday, and don’t open the semifinals against the Gatineau Olymiques until tomorrow.
That’s allowed Voracek to get back to 100 per cent.
“It’s been perfect for all the guys, but especially for him,” Mooseheads head coach Cam Russell said. “He was sick for the first bit of the last series and it gave his body a chance to recover and get back to the level he’s comfortable at.”
Voracek, a native of Kladno, Czech Republic, was still effective against the Screaming Eagles. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 and donned the hero’s cap again in a crucial triple-overtime triumph in Game 3. He is riding a 10-game scoring streak and has 16 points in 11 playoff games overall.
A healthy Voracek will be a big plus against Gatineau.
“He obviously wasn’t at 100 per cent because he was sick, and it’s difficult,” Russell said. “You’re battling to get back to where you want to be, but you’re not getting any rest in the meantime. He wasn’t 100 per cent, but he is now.”