Mooseheads win Game 7 overtime thriller and advance to semi-finals
Captain Cameron Critchlow scored four goals and Jonathan Drouin was the overtime hero in the Halifax Mooseheads’ 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Quebec Remparts.
The win topped off an improbable comeback that saw the Mooseheads storm back from a 0-3 series deficit in the best-of-seven series.
For the first time in the series Quebec scored the first goal when Mikael Tam scored to make it 1-0. They then came out flying in the second making it 2-0 early in the second period.
But the Mooseheads drew their first penalty of the game when Owen Werthner crashed the net and Cameron Critchlow made them pay on a nice passing play with Nathan MacKinnon and Alexandre Grenier. Second star Logan Shaw then capitalized on an undisciplined Martin Frk roughing penalty to spread the Remparts lead to 3-1. But Critchlow would strike again… and again … completing a hat trick before the period was done and sending a suddenly quiet Colisee to the intermission.
Six minutes into the third period it appeared Adam Erne scored the goal of a lifetime when he grabbed the puck along the boards, sped out from the wall and stickhandled around Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale to give the Remparts a 4-3 lead and sending the nearly 12,000 fans into a frenzy.
But Cameron Critchlow had something to say about that one too.
With seven minutes to go and the Mooseheads on the power play Critchlow banged in a loose puck to tie the game yet again.
In overtime the Remparts had several excellent chances and were buzzing around the Mooseheads net. However with five minutes left in the first overtime period Jonathan Drouin banged in a rebound after a rush up ice by Critchlow and MacKinnon.
It was just the fourth time in league history that a team has surmounted a 0-3 series deficit.
There were two other Game 7s Tuesday night. The Chicoutimi Sagueneens upset the Memorial Cup host Shawinigan Cataractes and 7th seed Rimouski gave 3rd seed Blaineville-Boisbriand a second round exit. With the other two upsets, the 6th seed Mooseheads will have home-ice advantage.
Round three starts Friday night at Metro Centre against the Rimouski Oceanic. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Thursday, and as always we’ll have the game live on News. 95. 7.
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