Halifax wins President Cup trophy becoming the new QMJHL champion First President Cup in 19 years

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Leading the QMJHL final 3-1 the Halifax Mooseheads made sure the team would not have to play another game winning game five 5-1 becoming the new QMJHL champion and will represent the QMJHL at the upcoming Memorial Cup tournament at Saskatoon later this month. Stephen MacAulay with 2 goals and Nathan MacKinnon with 1 goal 1 assist were the best Mooseheads players in that game.

If Baie-Comeau fans looked for a word that could resumed that first period of game five where the Halifax Mooseheads lead 3-0, that word is definitely opportunism.

The Drakkar had two chances with a man advantage but again like he did in almost four preceding games Halifax goaltender Zachary Fucale closed the door on Baie-Comeau 11 shots in the initial period.Mooseheads logo

Halifax took advantage of everything their opponent gave them, whether it was penalties two, two goals scored plus the third one resulting of a bad pass by Drakkar defenseman.

On the first Halifax goal it was an error by Drakkar center Frederic Gamelin that led to Stephen MacAulay 7th of the playoff. MacAulay’s shot beat Philippe Cadorette top corner at 5:32. No chance for Baie-Comeau goaltender.

Stefan Fournier gave Halifax a 2-0 with only two seconds left to Raphael Bussieres penalty. Fournier’s goal came at 13:19 of first period.

The duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin united their effort on Mooseheads third goal of the period. MacKinnon went on breakaway after pick up a pass from Baie-Comeau defenseman Alexandre Chenevert and hit the post. Trailing behind MacKinnon his teammate Drouin, pick up the rebound to put it behind Drakkar netminder Cadorette at 15:08.

If the first breakaway in first period involving MacKinnon and Drouin ended in favor of Halifax with Drouin’s goal, the one in second frame involving the same two players ended in favor of Baie-Comeau netminder with Drouin taking a shot hitting the post.

Trailing by three the Drakkar has had an excellent chance to break the ice when Martin Frk and MacKinnon went in penalty box giving a five-on-three to Baie-Comeau for 47 seconds. If Halifax successfully killed the two men shorthanded situation the Drakkar scored on the five-on-four man advantage.

After seeing Fucale frustrating veteran forward Petr Straka with a pad save during the five-on-three, the Halifax netminder can’t do anything on Valentin Zykov goal at 13:10 of second period.

If the shots on goal 13-11 had been a good indication of the first period Baie-Comeau scored the only goal of the middle frame dominating 12-5 in second period but Halifax still lead by two 3-1.

Two goals by Halifax in third period ended all possibility from Baie-Comeau to come back in this game five and force both teams to return to Baie-Comeau for a game six.

MacKinnon after the goal has been reviewed by referees scored his 11th of the playoff giving to the Mooseheads 4-1 lead with 10:08 remaining and MacAulay with his second of the game at 18:41 in an empty net after Drakkar head coach Eric Veilleux pulled his goalie Cadorette sealed the President Cup championship for Halifax.

With the victory Halifax will represent the QMJHL at the next Memorial Cup Tournament later in the month.

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