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Mooseheads look to even series up Friday night in President Cup final

Halifax faces Rouyn-Noranda at 8 p.m. on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7
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The Mooseheads have a chance to even up their championship series tonight with the Huskies in Rouyn-Noranda.

Game 2 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's President Cup Final gets underway at 8 p.m. Atlantic on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7.

The Herd will look for a bounce-back performance after their first finals game in six years did not go according to plan last night at the Iamgold Arena.

The Moose fell 5-2 to the Huskies in Game 1 on Thursday night in front of a boisterous crowd of 3,246.

It was Halifax's first President Cup Final appearance since 2013 when the Mooseheads defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in five games to capture the team's first-ever QMJHL championship.

Rafael Harvey-Pinard opened the scoring for Rouyn-Noranda and Felix Bibeau added another tally, his 12th of the playoffs, as the Q's top regular season club took a 2-0 lead 9:34 into the first period.

Defenceman Justin Barron would cut the lead in half just over five minutes later, getting the Mooseheads on the board late in the opening frame.

Barron picked up a cross-ice feed from Arnaud Durandeau in full-flight at centre, streaking down the left side on his off-wing and snapping a shot through the five hole of Samuel Harvey. 

It was the sophomore blue-liner's second goal of the postseason.

New York Islanders' 2018 first round pick Noah Dobson would restore the Rouyn-Noranda lead in the second period with a one-timer on the power play.

That power play was one of nine for the Huskies in Game 1.

The Mooseheads had just one opportunity on the man-advantage and it came just eight seconds into the game when Rouyn-Noranda's leading scorer Joel Teasdale was sent off to the box for hooking. 

But it was all Huskies after that.

And, yes, you read that correctly.

Nine power plays.

To.

One.

Raphael Lavoie would strike shorthanded for the Herd 13:47 into the second period, again cutting Rouyn-Noranda's lead to one. 

The goal was Lavoie's Q-leading 18th goal of the playoff in his 18th postseason game.

It would be the last time the Mooseheads would find the back of Harvey's net in Game 1.

Harvey-Pinard and Bibeau would each score their second goals of the game in the third period as the Huskies picked up the 5-2 victory, drawing first blood in the best-of-seven championship series.

Despite the score (and the lopsided power play opportunities), the Mooseheads had some good stretches at 5-on-5.

The final shots on goal were close, too, with the Huskies holding a 37-36 edge.

The Huskies picked up the win without Peter Abbandonato, the league's reigning scoring champion.

The 21-year old Laval native had 111 points during the regular season but hasn't played a game for Rouyn-Noranda since his team swept the Victoriaville Tigres in Round 2.

Abbandonato was diagnosed with mononucleosis and missed his team's President Cup semifinal series with the Rimouski Oceanic.

The Mooseheads could be dealing with some health woes of their own.

Defenceman Jocktan Chainey crashed hard into the end boards less than three minutes into the third period after Rouyn-Noranda defenceman William Cyr dodged his hit.

Chainey went to the Mooseheads bench in obvious discomfort and did not see game action after that play.

If he is unable to go tonight, the Mooseheads have several Black Aces currently travelling with the team including blue-liner Denis Toner who played all but ten games for the Herd during the regular season.

Toner has also seen game action in eight postseason matches for the Mooseheads but just one at his natural position on the back end. That was in Game 6 against Quebec when the Saint-Andre, N.B. native pinched in seamlessly on the blue line for Jared McIsaac who was serving a one-game suspension.

Defenceman Alexis Sansfacon, forwards Marcel Barinka, Samuel Dybe, Kyle Petten, and goaltender Jonathan Pickrem are also travelling with the team on this road trip.

You can follow along with all of the action live from Rouyn-Noranda at 8 p.m. Atlantic on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7.

DARTMOUTH DODGE MOOSEHEADS HOCKEY PRESIDENT CUP FINAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

Game 1: Rouyn-Noranda 5 Halifax 2
Game 2: Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. Atlantic live from Rouyn-Noranda
Game 3: Monday, May 6 at 8 p.m. live from Halifax
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7 at 8 p.m. live from Halifax
Game 5*: Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Atlantic live from Rouyn-Noranda
Game 6*: Saturday, May 11 at 4 p.m. live from Halifax
Game 7*: Monday, May 13 8 p.m. Atlantic live from Rouyn-Noranda




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Garreth MacDonald

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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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