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Q-League rivals face off in Memorial Cup final

Halifax Mooseheads to face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Memorial Cup final
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Memorial Cup (Chris Halef/

It all comes down to just one game to determine who will hoist the Memorial Cup.

The home-town Halifax Mooseheads will face their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rivals, The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, at the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax Sunday night for a chance to be crowned Champions of junior hockey in Canada.

The Mooseheads advanced to the final game after losing to the Huskies in the final round robin match on Wednesday night.

The Huskies advancing after downing the Guelph Storm in a semi-final 6-4 on Friday.

Moosehead's forward Beniot-Olivier Groulx says he is trying to enjoy the moment as he gets set to play in his biggest game this season.

"I don't want to think about it too much," said Groulx. "I don't want there to be extra pressure on my shoulders."

One of the calming influences for the Mooseheads will be head coach Eric Veilleux who has been to a Memorial Cup Final before, guiding Shawinigan to the Championship in 2012

"He knows what he is talking about, I think everyone on the team trust him a lot," said Groulx of his coach.

Rouyn-Noranda certainly know what it takes to face off against Halifax, beating the Moose in 6 games to win this year's QMJHL Championship, and handed Halifax its only loss in the Memorial Cup round robin.

Huskies' Captain Rafaël Harvey-Pinard says they are very familiar with the way Halifax plays.

"We have played a lot of games against them this year and will be ready for sure,"  said Harvey-Pinard. "We need to cut their speed and need to put a lot of traffic in front of their goalie."

The Scotiabank Centre is sold out for Sunday's Championship game, but it will be carried live on News 95.7 and Rogers Sportsnet at 8 p.m.

Dan Ahlstrand

About the Author: Dan Ahlstrand

Dan Ahlstrand is the Managing Editor at News 95.7 and anchors The Morning News on News 95.7 each weekday morning from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
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