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Moncton eliminates P.E.I. thanks to three-point effort from Stephens

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MONCTON - Ted Stephens helped the Moncton Wildcats forget about the sweep that might have been.

Stephens scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist as Moncton recovered from a 5-4 setback in game four to eliminate the P.E.I. Rocket with a 4-3 victory in the lone Saturday night game in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.

Stephens led the Wildcats with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the first-round series.

Moncton outscored the Rocket 12-1 in the opening two games to jump out to a 2-0 series lead, but struggled when the series moved to Charlottetown for games three and four. The Wildcats won game three 3-2 in overtime before losing game four on Wednesday.

With the series back in Moncton, the Wildcats got off to a slow start, allowing Chris Doyle to put P.E.I. ahead with a late first-period marker. Stephens found the net midway though the second to open the scoring for Moncton and Scott Brannon followed that up 50 seconds later to give the Wildcats the lead in a period where they outshot the Rocket 25-4.

Brandon Street tied the game before the end of the second, but Matt Brown gave Moncton the lead once again in the third and Stephens' second of the night put the Wildcats ahead for good.

Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored a power-play goal for P.E.I. with under seven minutes remaining to make it a one-goal game.

Nicola Riopel made 21 saves for Moncton, while Rocket netminder Bobby Nadeau stopped 45 shots.

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