Halifax draws first blood in President Cup final Fucale registers his third shutout

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — With the two best teams in regular season facing each other in QMJHL President Cup final, fans in the Quebec league couldn’t ask for the QMJHL final. Established as favorites to be the QMJHL representative to the Memorial Cup tournament and winning 12 consecutive games in the playoffs, the Halifax Mooseheads registered a 13th win with a 4-0 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Friday night.

Showing at the Metro Center the Drakkar stepped on the ice playing a physical first period trying to show the team wasn’t intimidated by the Moosehead. Beneficiaries of two power plays in the first period Baie-Comeau was unable to get on board in first period ending the game 0-in-6 with a man advantage.Mooseheads logo

Having the chance to see the two best teams in the QMJHL, the fans in Metro Centre also had the chance to see the two best goaltenders in Philippe Cadorette in Baie-Comeau and Zachary Fucale for Halifax.

The Mooseheads had the two best scoring chances in the first period with Trey Lewis on first occasion and Jonathan Drouin unable to convert a great pass from Nathan MacKinnon.

Both teams offered excellent hockey until the 16:20 of the middle frame where Halifax broke the ice with the first goal of the game during the team playing with a man advantage. Coming to support the offensive near goalie crease Konrad Abeltshauser scores his 5th of the playoff giving Halifax 1-0 lead.

Halifax came in the third period with their second goal in the game. Trey Lewis completed great effort from Stephan MacAuley and Stefan Fournier who already registered a pass on Halifax first goal in the game. Lewis’s goal came at 5:52 in the third period.

Halifax adds two more goals to complete their offensive for the night. Ryan Faulkenham with his 1st of the playoff 14:46 and Stefan Fournier with his 14th completed the scoring to give to the Mooseheads a 13th consecutive victories and to take a 1-0 lead in the QMJHL President Cup final.

Philippe Cadorette made 28 saves on 31 Halifax shots while Zachary Fucale was perfect stopping all Baie-Comeau 28 shots. Beside Baie-Comeau was shutout on six powerplays, Halifax ended with 1-in-6.

Game two of that series is on Saturday night also at the Metro Center.

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