HALIFAX - Stephen MacAulay scored twice as the Halifax Mooseheads beat the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-1 Friday night in Game 5 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final to win its first President's Cup.
The Mooseheads, who joined the league 19 years ago, hosted the Memorial Cup in 1999-2000, but this is their first trip to the tournament as QMJHL champion.
Halifax jumped out to an early first-period lead when MacAulay beat Baie-Comeau goalie Philippe Cadorette high to the blocker side with a wrist shot.
Fournier and Drouin added goals less than two minutes apart later in the opening period to give the Mooseheads a commanding 3-0 lead.
Fournier scored his 16th goal of the playoffs — the most in the QMJHL's post-season — as he collected a rebound and slipped a back-hander past Cadorette for a power-play goal at 13:19 of the first.
Drouin scored on a rebound after MacKinnon intercepted a pass at the Halifax blue-line and streaked in on net while the Drakkar were making a line change. He deked Cadorette, but his shot hit the post and the rebound went to Drouin who banged the puck into an open net.
Baie-Comeau chipped away at the lead with a second-period goal from Russian winger Valentin Zykov, but couldn't get any closer.
MacKinnon padded the lead with the nifty deflection with 6:08 left in the game and MacAulay added an empty-netter with 1:19 left.
The Memorial Cup will be held May 17-26 in Saskatoon.
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