QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. Leading 2-0 after only 21:30 in the game Baie-Comeau saw Halifax score seven goals on eight shots turning what could have been a second loss in President Cup final to 7-4 win. With their third victory in the final the Mooseheads return home with the possibility of winning the series in front of their fans next Friday.
Baie-Comeau got bad news at morning skate when they learned the team will have to play without one of their best player in Alexandre Ranger. The right winger had been found guilty of kneeing Halifax forward Nathan MacKinnon in last night game earning a one game suspension given by Director of players safety M. Raymond Bolduc.
One name was on everyone lips at the end of first period of game four of the President Cup final. That name was Zachary Fucale. Lots of people following the QMJHL final were curious about what would be Baie-Comeau reaction following their first victory after losing first two games in Halifax.
Some got their answers when the Drakkar came out dominating first period territorially and on shots on goal 18-11. But only one goal was scored with 1:31 remaining in the opening period by Baie-Comeau on a power play.
Before the goal at 18:28 of the first period Halifax goaltender Fucale prevent veteran Drakkar Petr Straka at least at four occasions, Raphael Bussierres, Felix Girard and Gabryel Boudreau before Samuel Noreau beat Halifax netminder top corner on Fucale glove side.
Halifax played their best period since they came in Baie-Comeau meaning in five periods with six goals on six shots.
Leading 1-0 after twenty minutes of play Baie-Comeau scored a second goal with only 1:30 gone in middle frame. A backhanded shot by veteran Drakkar forward Petr Straka beat Fucale top corner.
The rest of the period belonged to the visitor with six goals scored on six shots five of the goals scored inside 6:30 seconds.
Jonathan Drouin scored Halifax first goal on a pass from Konrad Abeltshauser at 7:08. Fifteen seconds later left alone near Drakkar netminder Martin Frk beat Baie-Comeau goaltender Philippe Cadorette at 7:23.
Carl Gelinas made Halifax 3-2 with 11:19 to go in second period on perfect pass from Gabriel Verpaest.
Playing on a four-on-three power play, Frk scored his second of the game, second in middle frame at 10:29. Four shots, four goals for Halifax.
If Baie-Comeau netminder had nothing he can do in the first four goals scored against him, some said the Drakkar netminder should have made the save on Halifax fifth goals scored by Andrew Ryan who took a rebound in the slot after Abeltshauser took the first shot with 8:59 left to play in the second period.
Nathan MacKinnon made Halifax 5-3 beating Cadorette with a precise shot top corner on glove side at 13:54. Trying to change the tempo of the game Baie-Comeau head coach Eric Veilleux sent Francis Desrosiers in goal replacing Philippe Cadorette victim of 5 goals on 16 shots.
With 52 seconds left on the scoreboard Trey Lewis scored his second of the playoff giving Halifax a 6-3 lead after forty minutes of play.
After seeing seven goals scored in second period one by Baie-Comeau and six by Halifax, teams traded goals in third seeing one scored by each team. Abeltshauser with a wrist shot from the blue line scored his seventh of the playoff with 4:50 into third period. And Gabryel Boudreau scored Baie-Comeau fourth goals of the game at 6:11.
With the score being 7-4, a melee in front of Zachary Fucale made the Halifax head coach Dominique Ducharme to replace goaltender Fucale by Chris Clark.
Game six in the series will be Friday night in Halifax.
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