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Mooseheads can close out series with Voltigeurs Friday in Q semifinal

The Memorial Cup hosts can earn a berth in the President Cup Final when they face Drummondville in Game 5 Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7
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The Mooseheads have an opportunity to do something tonight that they haven't done in six years: advance to the President Cup Final.

Halifax and Drummondville will meet in Game 5 on Friday night at the Marcel Dionne Centre. The Mooseheads lead the best-of-seven President Cup Semifinal match-up 3-1.

With a win tonight, the Mooseheads can move on to the President Cup Final for just the fourth time in franchise history.

The Mooseheads have not played in the league final since 2013 when they defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in five games.

After falling 3-1 in Game 1 one week ago at the Marcel Dionne Centre, the Herd have stormed back to take control of this series.

The Mooseheads returned home to Halifax last Sunday with a 1-1 series split despite never playing with a lead during the first two games.

The Herd rallied three times in Game 2, battling back to tie the game on three separate occasions before Arnaud Durandeau buried in double overtime to lead Halifax to a 5-4 victory.

The Mooseheads turned in a pair of stellar performances on home ice in Game 3 and Game 4 to take a commanding lead in this series.

On Tuesday night, the Mooseheads, propelled by goals from overagers Keith Getson and Samuel Asselin, dealt Drummondville a 2-1 loss.

Voltigeurs' netminder Anthony Morrone was pulled after allowing the two Halifax goals less than twelve minutes into the game.

Morrone was replaced by Olivier Rodrigue, Drummondville's starter during the regular season who posted a 35-9-2-1 record, a .902 SV% and a 2.43 GAA.

A lower body injury kept him out of the playoffs until that appearance in Game 3 where he turned aside all 20 Mooseheads shots in relief.

On Wednesday, Rodrigue was back between the pipes as the Mooseheads skated to a 5-2 victory to take a 3-1 series stranglehold.

After a scoreless opening period, the crowd at the Scotiabank Centre was brought to its feet thanks to an incredible desperation glove save from Alex Gravel who denied Pavel Koltygin his third goal of the postseason.

Koltygin, one of Drummondville's leading scorers during this semifinal series, was staring at a wide open net before Gravel robbed him.

Despite Drummondville's Dawson Mercer striking a few minutes later to make it a 1-0 game, the Mooseheads would score four goals, including three on the power play, in the final ten minutes of the second period to take a 4-1 lead.

Asselin added an empty-net goal in the third period to seal the win.

Gravel, who has a .935 SV% and a 2.26 GAA in this series, made 33 saves and was named the game's first star.

Seven of the Mooseheads' 13 goals in the series have come on the power play which is almost unstoppable right now.

Halifax is 7 for 11 on the man advantage with three of those power play tallies coming off the stick of Raphael Lavoie.

Lavoie leads all players in the playoff scoring race with 27 points, including 17 goals, in just 15 games.

Halifax's leading scorer will try to help his team move on to the President Cup final where they already know who they will be facing.

On Wednesday, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies advanced to the final round of the playoffs after defeating the Rimouski Oceanic 6-3 to complete the four game series sweep.

Should the Mooseheads close out their series with the Voltigeurs, the Huskies will automatically advance to the Memorial Cup in May as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's representatives.

The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic tonight, live from the Marcel Dionne Centre on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7.


Garreth MacDonald

About the Author: Garreth MacDonald

Garreth MacDonald is the play-by-play voice of the Halifax Mooseheads on NEWS 95.7. Aside from his role with NEWS 95.7, Garreth is also the communications director for Hockey Nova Scotia.
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