NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-23-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(1)Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 (OT)
Halifax leads Best-of-7 Semifinals, 3-0

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 9-11-20, +9, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

For the second straight game Halifax won in overtime and for the second straight game the Mooseheads kept Nikita Kucherov off the scoresheet. Both accomplishments resulted in a 3-2 win for Halifax and a commanding 3-0 series lead. Jonathan Druin scored the game-winner off a give-and-go down low with Nathan MacKinnon. Both players are expected to go top-3 in this summer's draft and as of this posting the Lightning have a legitimate shot at one of them. The Huskies were outshot 49-24 in the game, including 11-1 in overtime. Their task is now even more monumental, having to win four straight against arguably the best team in junior hockey. Game 4 is Thursday.

(2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3
Drakkar leads Best-of-7 semifinals, 2-1

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 7-5-12, +6, 25 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

The Armada got back in the series with the Drakkar, shutting out the visitors for a 3-0 win. Paquette was scoreless and 9 of 21 on faceoffs. After his torrid start to the playoffs, he has not registered a point in four games. The Armada limited the Drakkar to 17 shots on goal on Tuesday. Etienne Marcoux (undrafted) had the shutout.