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QMJHL Roundup: Wildcats down Memorial Cup champion Mooseheads 4-0 in opener

Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 9:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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QMJHL Roundup: Wildcats down Memorial Cup champion Mooseheads 4-0 in opener

HALIFAX - The Moncton Wildcats spoiled the Halifax Mooseheads' party.

Cody Drover scored twice and Alex Dubeau made 28 saves Thursday as Moncton shut out Halifax 4-0 in first game of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season.

Prior to the opening faceoff, the Mooseheads raised banners to honour last season's QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup title.

But Halifax has a much different look this season, with forwards Nathan MacKinnon, who was taken first overall at the NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche, and Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, expected to stick with their NHL clubs.

Also missing is Zachary Fucale, last season's starting goalie, who is attending the Montreal Canadiens' training camp after being selected in the second round.

Ivan Barbashev added a goal and an assist for Moncton, while Ryan Penny also scored.

Kevin Darveau made 29 saves in the loss for Halifax.

The Wildcats finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Mooseheads wound up 0-for-6.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness