Game 3 blog: Mooseheads edge Oceanic 4-3 on road
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For live in-game updates from Game 3 of the QMJHL semifinal between the Halifax Mooseheads and Rimouski Oceanic, follow Metro Halifax sports reporter Matthew Wuest on Twitter via @metroqfiles from Colisee Rimouski. This blog will be updated after each period.
Check metronews.ca for a full game story later Tuesday night.
The Mooseheads hung on for a 4-3 win in the third period to cut their deficit in the QMJHL best-of-seven semifinal to 2-1.
Martin Frk’s second-period goal with a two-man advantage stood as the winner. The Mooseheads had allowed six leads over five previous periods in Games 2 and 3 slip away.
Final shots were 27-21 for the Oceanic. Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale made 24 saves.
Rimouski's Petr Straka was the first star, Halifax's Jonathan Drouin the second star, and Rimouski's Scott Oke the third star.
Game 4 is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Rimouski.
Martin Frk’s goal on a two-man power play with 1:22 to go in the second period has the Mooseheads leading 4-3 going into the final frame.
The 18-year-old winger snapped a nine-game goalless drought when he hammered a one-timer past goaltender Carl Hozjan.
Rimouski penalties to Jonathan Lavoie (for instigating a fight with Trey Lewis) and Francis Beauvillier (delay of game for shooting the puck into the stands) had given Halifax the five-on-three advantage.
Oceanic defenceman Jerome Gauthier had earlier tied it at 9:30 of the middle frame with a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle.
The Mooseheads will likely finish the game without defenceman Austyn Hardie, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first period.
Goals are flying fast and furious through 20 minutes at Colisee Rimouski.
The Mooseheads lead 3-2 after the first period, getting tallies from defenceman Brendan Duke and forwards Jonathan Drouin and Brent Andrews.
Duke opened the scoring with his first of the playoffs, converting on the juicy rebound of a Nathan MacKinnon shot. Although Rimouski’s Robbie DeFulviis tied it just 39 seconds later on a breakaway, the Mooseheads grabbed a two-goal lead with goals from Drouin, at 6:02, and Andrews, at 11:09.
Drouin capitalized alone in front after getting a perfect feed from MacKinnon off a turnover, while Andrews banged in a heads-up slap-pass from the corner by Alexandre Grenier.
Andrews’s goal chased Oceanic starting goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard from the cage after just nine shots.
Petr Straka drew the Oceanic within one at 13:36, blazing down the wing and beating goaltender Zach Fucale with a great shot off the rush.
Shots are 12-7 for the Mooseheads after the first period.
MacKinnon’s two helpers give him 25 points in the post-season, breaking Jakub Voracek’s franchise record for playoff points by a rookie. Voracek recorded 24 points in 2006-07 at the age of 17.
MacKinnon, 16, is just two points away from tying F-P Guenette’s overall franchise playoff record of 27 points set in 2002-03.
The Mooseheads are playing without injured forwards Luca Ciampini and Brad Cuzner, both out with upper-body injuries. Ciampini's injury means 19-year-old forward Alexandre Cote will make his QMJHL playoff debut. He's been a healthy scratch for the entire post-season.
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