It was heartbreak on home ice for the Halifax Mooseheads who fell 4-0 in Game 6 on Saturday as the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies celebrated the President Cup Championship on Scotiabank Centre ice.
The Huskies used their speed and physicality to wear down the Moose who seemed to run out of gas in what was their 91st game since the start of the regular season. Alex Gravel was incredible once again with 31 saves in the loss while setting a new franchise playoff record with a .917 save percentage in his 23 games played. Samuel Harvey earned the shutout with 28 saves while picking up his 16th win.
What remained of the big crowd of 9,600 stood and cheered chants of go-moose-go loudly as the finals seconds ticked off the clock and the Mooseheads huddled together as a group around Gravel. It was pure joy at the other end as the Huskies tossed equipment in the air in celebration of their second league title in four seasons.
Both teams will have a few days of rest before the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia begins here in Halifax. The Mooseheads will open the tournament on Friday night at 8pm against the WHL winners which will either be Prince Albert or Vancouver. The Huskies first game of the CHL tournament will be next Saturday at 4:30 against either Ottawa or Guelph of the OHL.
Rouyn-Noranda jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Halifax when Cole Harbour, NS native Tyler Hinam potted a centering pass from Patrik Hrehorcak 13:32 into the first period. That stood up as the game-winning goal as the Huskies clogged the lanes and turned back every attempt made by the Herd. Raphael-Harvey Pinard doubled the lead midway through the second period and after a potential BO Groulx tally was waved off for being offside, Alex Beaucage added some insurance later in the third period. Gravel was pulled in favour of the extra attacker with five minutes to play in regulation and Harvey-Pinard put his second goal of the game into an empty net to seal the deal.
The Mooseheads were dejected but did their best to hold their heads high following their inspiring run that began with the team rallying from an 0-2 series deficit to beat the Quebec Remparts in seven games. They followed that up with a sweep of the Moncton Wildcats, took down the favoured Drummondville Voltigeurs in six and then made it to the sixth game against Rouyn-Noranda, a team that set the QMJHL record for wins this season. The Moose have certainly earned their way into the Memorial Cup as the hosts of the tournament and there is plenty for fans to be excited about when it all begins later this week. It is guaranteed to be one to remember in the city of Halifax.
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