Month: April 2012

Fucale made some big saves, but the Moose dropped a 5-3 decision.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

 

The Halifax Mooseheads built up a 3-1 lead midway through the game, but were once again unable to hold off the QUebec Remparts.

Despite their lead, the herd gave up two quick goals and then trailed 4-3 late before an empty net goal by Malouin gave the Remparts a 5-3 win.

The empty net goal sealed a 3-0 series lead for the visitors, put together on the back of a Michael McNamee hat-trick who scored a goal in each period to pace the Remparts offence.

Konrad Abeltshauser, 6th round pick of the San Jose Sharks, opened the scoring midway through the first period with a wrist shot from the point, but Quebec took just two minutes to tie the game back up at one courtesy of McNamee’s first goal of the night.

The Moose took a 2-1 lead early in the second period after a powerplay goal by Mathew Boudreau, before Alexander Grenier doubled the lead on a goal created by Abeltshauser in the offensive zone.

The lead was short lived, with Quebec scoring 41 seconds later on a bomb from the point from Kurt Etchegary, before less than a minute later McNamee tied it at three.

Early in the third period McNamee would give his team a lead on a feed from rookie Adam Erne.

With a 4-3 lead late in the third period, the Mooseheads pulled Zachary Fucale and when Alexandre Comtois tripped up Grenier in the neutral zone the Remparts were able to come down the ice and score a clinching EN goal with 30 seconds left.

The game was not without controversy, with Gabe Desjardins hitting Brad Cuzner from behind late in the first period, being called for just a shot to the head and being assessed only a 2-minute minor penalty. Cuzner would not return.

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The two teams renew their battle tonight at the Metro Centre in a must win game for the home Halifax Mooseheads

 

Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

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ACCEL Hawks Tops at the Irving Oil Challenge Cup

(Photo Credit: Irving Oil Cup)

By: Henry Whitfield

The host Halifax ACCEL Hawks came in as favourites for the Irving Oil Challenge Cup and left champions Sunday evening, after beating cross-town rivals Bubba Ray Gulls 3-1.

Earlier in the day the Dieppe Flyers, representing Hockey New Brunswick, beat the Tricom Wild from Newfoundland 3-1, cementing a solid showing for the New Brunswick champions over the weekend.

The Gulls had beaten the Hawks in the provincial championships earlier the season, entering the tournament as the provincial Major Bantam Champions.

Despite winning in the playoffs, it was the Hawks who had triumphed earlier in the round robin beating the Gulls 4-3 in a thriller that went down to the wire, where Johnny Jones and Campbell Pickard scored twice in the last three minutes.

With an energy filled arena the Hawks piled on the pressure and were able to build up a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Kyle Murray Barrett Dachyshyn and standout Johnny Jones.

Goalie Rowan O’Brien played a solid game for the hawks, battling all night and holding the Gulls to single goal, scored at the end of the second period by Noah Bauld.

In winning, the ACCEL Hawks became the first host team to win the tournament since 2000 and went undefeated throughout the tournament finishing with a 5-0 record.

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Oil Irving Challenge Cup Awards

Top Defensemen: Nicholas Welsh (ACCEL Hawks)

Top Forward: Drew Packman (Bubba Ray Gull’s)

Top Scorer: Jesse Murphy-Hamer (Bubba Ray Gull’s)

Most Sportsmanlike: Kari Belec (Dieppe Flyers)

Most Valuable Player: Cambpell Pickard (ACCEL Hawks)

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 Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.