QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Not losing a single game since the QMJHL playoff began Halifax registered a-14th consecutive victory with a 4-3 win against Baie-Comeau. With 3 points 1 goal, Matthew Boudreau was the best Halifax forward in game two of the President Cup series. Stephan MacAulay played another solid game with 2 points on a 1 goal and 1 assist.
If fans had had to wait before seeing their favorite scoring first goal in the game in first game in Friday night, it was a different story in game two. Slowly but surely Halifax took control of the initial period with two goals in the second portion of first period.
Ranked as best goaltender in the playoffs with a goaltending average of 1.79 Baie-Comeau netminder Philippe Cadorette kept their opponent off the scoreboard in the first half of first period but Halifax scored twice in span of 7:00 in second half of initial period.
Mooseheads’ right winger Stephen MacAulay was the first Halifax player to put the puck behind Cadorette in a period totally dominated territorially by the home team at 11:49.
Pressured along the boards Baie-Comeau center Ptr Straka lost the puck at his own blue line leading to Halifax’s second goal scored by defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser who took a rebound from Matthew Boudreau before putting it behind Drakkar goalie at 16:02. Halifax scored first two goals on 5 shots totaling 6 after one period. Baie-Comeau shot 5 times against Zachary Fucale.
If Halifax scored their first two goals in the game at even strength, they didn’t miss their chance in the middle frame to add two more playing with a man advantage.
Playing four-against-three Halifax scored their first of two power plays goal in two occasions in middle frame. Stefan Fournier beat Baie-Comeau netminder top corner with a slap shot that left no chance to Cadorette with 4:12 remaining in the period.
Shutout by Halifax goalie Fucale in first 96:37 since the President Cup final began, Valentin Zykov pushed the puck behind Mosseheads netminder for Drakkar’s first goal at 16:37 cutting Halifax lead to two goals.
How many times you heard your coach reminded you how important face off are in your own territory? Halifax gave another example of the importance to win face off in offensive zone with 9 seconds remaining in the second period when Matthew Boudreau scored Halifax’s fourth goal with 6.8 seconds on the clock.
After looking for new line combinations in hope to light a fire under his team in the second period, Baie-Comeau head coach Eric Veilleux began the third period with a new goaltender, Francis Desrosiers who came in relief to Cadorette who left after forty minutes of play making 16 saves on Halifax 20 shots.
Baie-Comeau scored the last two goals of the game in 1:29 first,with 1:31 left in the game Baie-Comeau center Carl Gelinas scored Drakkar second goal and with 2 seconds veteran center Petr Straka adds Drakkar third goal.
Game three will be on Tuesday night in Baie-Comeau.
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