QMJHL Final: Game 6 between the Quebec Remparts and the Halifax Mooseheads
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The Quebec Remparts have a second opportunity to eliminate the Halifax Mooseheads and win the Gilles-Courteau Trophy this afternoon at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax.
Halifax is without captain Attilio Biasca for the second straight game in Game 6.
Both teams got chances to score in the first period, but both goalkeepers held on. Mathis Rousseau stopped 11 pucks in the first period, while William Rousseau made seven saves in front of the Remparts goal.
The Mooseheads thanked their goaltender for his good work in the first period. Jack Martin took advantage of a superb pass from Markus Vidicek to open the scoring and sow hysteria at the Scotiabank Centre.
Halifax continued to press the accelerator a few moments later. Alexandre Doucet came with speed in the enemy zone and surprised William Rousseau with a low shot. The Moosheads forward doubled his team’s lead with his 14th in the playoffs.
Quebec, however, was lucky in the middle of the median period. Evan Nause’s point shot made its way into the Mooseheads’ net to close the gap to one goal.
In front of their supporters, however, the Mooseheads seem on a mission. Jordan Dumais was patient to spot Josh Lawrence left alone at the mouth of the net. Halifax regained a two-goal lead four minutes after the Red Devils net.
That two-goal advantage didn’t last long. 80 seconds later, James Malatesta also scored his 14th in the playoffs to allow the Remparts to retire to the locker room late by a single goal after 40 minutes of play.
Patrick Roy’s squad leads the QMJHL final 3-2 and certainly wants to move on, after a 3-2 loss last Friday in front of the 18,250 fans packed into the Videotron Centre.
Quebec could get a first QMJHL title in 47 years. As for the Mooseheads, they could return to the championship for the second time in 10 years.
On his return to action in Game 5, Zachary L’Heureux scored his 10e goal of the playoffs to help the Maritime team stay alive.
Mathis Rousseau (Halifax) and William Rousseau (Quebec) are the starting goalies for this sixth duel.
Halifax forwards Josh Lawrence and Alexandre Doucet lead the QMJHL in points with 30 and 29 respectively. Justin Robidas leads the Remparts in scoring with 26 points.