The Halifax Mooseheads recorded three unanswered first period goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and capture their first ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship in front of a sellout crowd of 10,595 ecstatic fans at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
The Mooseheads power-play did most of the damage in the first period.
Stephen MacAuley registered his seventh goal of the playoffs with the man advantage at 5:32 to give the fan favourites a 1-0 lead. Then, with Raphaël Bussières in the penalty box for slashing, Stefan Fournier collected his league-leading sixteenth marker to put the Mooseheads up 2-0.
Halifax would add another goal before the end of the first twenty minutes of play. Jonathan Drouin pounced on a Nathan MacKinnon shot that hit the post and found itself in the slot before burying a shot past a sprawling Philippe Cadorette.
The intermission seemed to energize the Drakkar who came out strong in the second period. Baie-Comeau outshot the Mooseheads 12-5 and managed to cut the lead by one following Valentin Zykov’s tenth marker of the postseason at 13:10.
Nathan MacKinnon and Stephen MacAuley added an insurance goal before the end of the game.
Jonathan Drouin earned MVP honours after recording 35 points in 17 games.
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