Mooseheads Complete Comeback
After being down 3-0 in the series, the Halifax Mooseheads came all the way back to eliminate the Quebec Remparts in overtime of game seven. Sixteen year old Jonathan Drouin scored the OT winner in the 5-4 victory, flicking a backhand passed Louis Dominque off a rebound.
While it was a member of the youthful core to get the decisive marker, it was veteran leadership that got the Mooseheads to that point. Cameron Critchlow scored four times in regulation to keep the team in the game. Critchlow has been everything a team could look for in a captain and leader. A great resource for a young team to learn from. In addition to the game winner Drouin added two assists, while Nathan MacKinnon posted 3 assists.
For a young team, this appears to be an evolution for Halifax. The Mooseheads swept the Moncton Wildcats in the first round, a team they should have beaten. In the second round they jumped out to the lead in each game, but were unable to hold on to that lead in the first three games of the series. Game seven itself appeared to be one of the Remparts stronger games since early in the series, but Halifax managed to claw their way back and hang on until they could capitalize. Game seven happened to be the only game Quebec got the first goal.
This is all a great sign for a team largely lead by 16 year-olds, even with the tremendous contributions from veterans like Critchlow. MacKinnon and Drouin appear to be getting stronger with each game and lead the offense, while Zach Fucale has been a calming influence between the pipes far beyond his age.
Halifax will have the luxury of home-ice advantage in the QMJHL semi-finals as they’ll host the Rimouski Oceanic. The series WILL start Friday, with Game 2 Saturday in Halifax. I’d imagine tickets will go quickly.