Jake Ryczek fired home his first goal of the tournament and Alexis Gravel made 23 saves as the Mooseheads toppled the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 in the opening game of the 2019 Memorial Cup.
Both Blackhawks prospects played important roles as Halifax defeated the WHL Champions on home ice. Advancing to the Memorial Cup as hosts of the tournament, the Mooseheads proved they can skate with any team in the CHL in a big win over Prince Albert.
Ryczek provided Halifax with an important insurance goal as he blasted home a shot on the power play, taking a cross-ice pass and firing the Mooseheads into a 3-1 lead in the second period.
The defenseman now has 14 points (1 G, 13 A) in postseason and Memorial Cup play for Halifax.
Alexis Gravel delivered another standout performance, holding a Raiders team that won 54 games in the WHL this season to a single goal. The Blackhawks snagged the Mooseheads netminder in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft