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QMJHL: Halifax Mooseheads win title with 5-1 victory over Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Friday, 05.10.2013 / 8:54 PM / News

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QMJHL: Halifax Mooseheads win title with 5-1 victory over Baie-Comeau Drakkar

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.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for Halifax, while Jonathan Drouin and Stefan Fournier chipped in as well.

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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If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday