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Mooseheads face Wildcats in an all-Maritimes match-up in Round 2

Halifax takes on Moncton in Game 1 of their best-of-seven second round series tonight at the Scotiabank Centre
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The Mooseheads open up the second round of the postseason on Friday against one of their biggest rivals.

Halifax will host the Moncton Wildcats in Round 2 of the 2019 Presidents Cup playoffs.

Both clubs are battle-ready and battle-tested, having gone the distance in the opening round with each series requiring seven games to decide a winner.


The Mooseheads returned to the Scotiabank Centre on Monday night down 3-2 in their best-of-seven series with the Quebec Remparts.

With their backs against the wall, the Mooseheads rallied in Game 6, defeating the Remparts 6-1 to force a seventh-and-deciding game on Tuesday night.

After falling behind early after Quebec's Sam Dunn notched his second goal of the postseason, the Mooseheads would battle back to tie the game before the first period expired.

Max Trepanier, who played just one game between Jan. 10 and Game 2 of the series, tied the game up at 1-1 on the power play, wristing a laser past Remparts netminder Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo with just over five minutes to play in the opening frame.

Jocktan Chainey would lob a shot through traffic in the second period that would find the back of the Remparts' net. A timely goal for the Mooseheads that proved to be the game winner, it was Chainey's first since Sept. 30.

After a relentless battle in front of the Quebec net, a diving Keith Getson would tuck a rebound past Pagliarulo less than a minute into the third period to make it 3-1, the eventual final score as the Mooseheads battled back to take the opening round series and save themselves the embarrassment of an early playoff exit in their Memorial Cup year.

Mooseheads goaltender Alex Gravel allowed just two goals on 51 shots in Game 6 and 7.

PP: 6-for-26 (23.1%; 7th)
PK: 8 PPGA on 28 TSH (71.4%; 14th)

PP: 6-for-35 (17.1%; 12th)
PK:  3 PPGA on 30 TSH (90%, 2nd)

Raphael Lavoie 7-6-13 in 7 GP
Arnaud Durandeau 4-2-6 in 7 GP
Max Trepanier 3-3-6 in 6 GP
Keith Getson 3-2-5 in 7 GP
Samuel Asselin 2-3-5 in 6 GP

Jeremy McKenna 4-7-11 in 7 GP
Mike Cyr 4-6-10 in 7 GP
Alexander Khovanov 3-4-7 in 7 GP
Gabriel Sylvestre 0-5-5 in 7 GP
Elliot Desnoyers 2-2-4 in 7 GP

Alex Gravel (4-2, 2.72 GAA, .908 SV%)

Francis Leclerc (4-1-2), 2.54 GAA, .932 SV%)


The Wildcats also had to rally from a 3-2 series deficit and, perhaps more impressively, they did it on the road at the hostile Henry Leonard Centre in Baie-Comeau, Que.

Moncton defeated the Drakkar 3-1 in Game 6 on Monday and 3-2 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to advance to Round 2.

Jeremy McKenna, Jacob Stewart and Mika Cyr scored for the Wildcats in the Game 7 win while former Drakkar goalie Francis Leclerc made 36 saves against his former team.

There is a lot of history between these two teams and the Wildcats are arguably the Mooseheads' biggest rivals.

The two teams faced each other nine times during the regular season with the Mooseheads defeating the Wildcats in seven of those previous match-ups.

But the Wildcats were a much-improved team down the stretch with new head coach John Torchetti behind the bench and playoffs are a clean slate.

It all starts tonight at 7 p.m., live from the Scotiabank Centre, on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7. 

Don't forget to tune into the Burrito Jax Pre-Game Show at 6:30 before each home game (and stick around after our Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey broadcast for the East Side Mario's Post-Game Show).


Game 1: Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Halifax
Game 2: Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Halifax
Game 3: Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Moncton
Game 4: Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Moncton
Game 5*: Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Halifax
Game 6*: Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in Moncton
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Halifax
*If necessary


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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