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Mooseheads rally on the road to tie playoff series at 2-2

Game 5 is Saturday at 8 p.m. live from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City on NEWS 95.7
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The Mooseheads are coming back to Halifax for Game 6.

After dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven playoff series with the Quebec Remparts on home ice last weekend at the Scotiabank Centre, the Moose have rallied on the road to knot the series up.

On Thursday, Halifax defeated Quebec 5-4 at the Videotron Centre to tie the series at two.

Remparts captain Etienne Verette opened the scoring for Quebec 9:18 into the first period with his first of the postseason but Halifax's Max Trepanier would answer back on the power play four minutes later tie the game at 1-1.

Mooseheads captain Antoine Morand and Samuel Asselin, the Q's leading goal scorer during the regular season, would each pot their first goals of the playoffs in the second frame as the Mooseheads went up 3-1 after 40.

Alex Gravel made some key stops in the second period for Halifax, part of a 29-save performance, including a show-stopper on Andrew Coxhead that saw the Mooseheads netminder extend his left pad to deny the Fall River native on a prime scoring chance.

"I'm very happy for him," Mooseheads head coach Eric Veilleux said after the game on Thursday.

"You know, [Remparts head coach] Patrick [Roy] has been saying stuff in the news about him and for him to play well, it means a lot for him and for the whole team."

Felix-Olivier Chouinard would bring the Remparts within one 4:29 into the third period with a point shot that Gravel got a piece of but it ultimately ended up in the back of the Halifax net.

Morand would restore the Mooseheads' two goal lead five minutes later after he picked the pocket of Quebec's Matthew Grouchy on the backcheck at centre before streaking down the right wing and snapping a laser past Carmine-Anthony Pagliraulo to make it 4-2.

The Mooseheads, who had two goals called back in Game 2 at the Scotiabank Centre on Saturday night, had another one waved off on Thursday after officials said Arnaud Durandeau played the puck with a high stick.

Keith Getson had started the play off, launching a puck off the post before Durandeau whacked it out of midair and in.

Getson, who has has 14 shots on goal through four games - the third most of any Moosehead - and has been Halifax's busiest faceoff man, is still looking for his first goal of the postseason.

"He's been a complete machine," Veilleux said.

"He's had some big blocked shots and he's won some big face-offs, and he's getting his share of scoring chances, too. He's been absolutely sensational for us so far."

With less than three minutes to play and the Quebec net empty, Coxhead would capitalize on a rebound opportunity and he knocked it past Gravel to make it 4-3.

Raphael Lavoie, who scored an empty-netter in Tuesday's 3-1 win in Game 3, notched another one on Thursday to make it 5-3 with just 90 seconds remaining in the game.

Gabriel Montreuil would get Quebec back on the board 15 seconds but Halifax weathered the storm in the final minute, hanging on for the 5-4 victory.

The Moosehead and Remparts face off again on Saturday night in Game 5 before the series returns to Halifax on Monday.

You can listen live to our broadcast live from Quebec City at 8 p.m. Atlantic on Dartmouth Dodge Mooseheads Hockey on NEWS 95.7


Game 1: Friday, March 22 - Quebec 3 Halifax 2
Game 2: Saturday, March 23 - Quebec 5 Halifax 4 (OT)
Game 3: Tuesday, March 26 - Halifax 3 Quebec 1
Game 4: Thursday, March 28 - Halifax 5 Quebec 4
Game 5: Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. AT in Quebec City
Game 6: Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Halifax
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 2 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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