(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.