Halifax and Baie-Comeau Take 2-0 Leads in Series
The Halifax Mooseheads and Baie-Comeau Drakkar have taken 2-0 leads in their semi final series in the QMJHL.
Baie-Comeau began their series with Blainville-Boisbriand with a 2-1 win on Friday. Jeremy Gregoire and Valentin Zykov scored for the Drakkar; while Christian Marti did the same for the Armada. The Drakkar pulled off another 2-1 win on Saturday thanks to Raphael Bussieres and Maxim Lamarche found the back of the net for the Drakkar; while Marc-Olivier Roy did likewise for the Armada.
The Mooseheads began with a 6-4 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Saturday night thanks to Nathan MacKinnon’s hat trick; Jonathan Drouin’s two goals; and Martin Frk’s single. Nitika Kucherov scored twice; while Sven Andrighetto and Jean-Sebestian Dea had singles for the Huskies. It was a bit of a nail biter for Halifax on Sunday night as the Herd needed overtime and a goal from Frk 7:12 in to win 5-4. It was Frk’s second goal of the game; while MacKinnon, Drouin, and Andrew Ryan had singles. Dea, Andrighetto, Marcus Power, and Maxime St-Cyr added singles for Rouyn-Noranda.
World U18 Gets Underway
The World U18 Championships got underway in Socchi, Russia on Thursday.
Nine players from the QMJHL are taking part in the tournament.
Canada leads the way with five; the Czech Republic and Russia have two each; and Slovakia has one.
Two preliminary round games took place on Thursday as Finland routed Latvia 7-0 with Arturri Lehkonen leading the way with two goals; while Julius Honka, Aleksi Mustonen, Otto Rauhala, Kasperi Kapanen, and Matias Pulli added singles.
The Russians edged the Americans 4-3. Ilya Ivanov, Pavel Buchnevich, Vladimir Tkachyov, and Nikita Setdikov scored for the Russians; while Moncton Wildcats left winger Ivan Barbashev had an assist. Will Butcher, Jack Eichel, and JT Compher added the American goals.
The lone game on Friday saw the Latvians suffer another humiliating loss this time 7-0 to the Czechs. Acadie-Bathurst Titan left winger Patrick Zdrahal led the way with the hat trick; while Ondrej Kase, Roman Prikryl, Tomas Dvorak, and Miroslav Indrak had singles.
On Saturday the USA got past the Czech Republic 4-3 thanks to two goals from Tyler Motte and singles from Compher and Evan Allen. The Czechs got two goals from Acadie-Bathurst forward Adam Zboril and a single from David Kampf.
Barbashev scored twice for Russia; while Tkachyov had a single as Russia skated to a 3-1 win over Finland. Jonatan Tanus scored for Finland.
The week ended with one game on Sunday as the USA got goals from Motte and Tyler Kelleher who had two each; and Tommy Vanelli, Allen, and Kevin Labanc had singles. Georgs Golovkovs had the lone Latvian marker.