Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring Sweeps

What a difference a year makes.

In last year’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League quarter-finals, three of the four series went to a Game 7. This year, three of the four have ended in sweeps.

The Halifax Mooseheads, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are all moving on thanks to four-game sweeps that were completed this evening.

Former Sea Dogs forward Stephen MacAulay had an assist in Halifax’s 5-3 victory in Gatineau, ending the Olympiques’ season. Gabriel Bourret, who also won the Memorial Cup with Saint John in 2011, ended his junior career with Gatineau with a -3 performance.

The Armada advanced with a 2-1 win over the Foreurs in Val-d’Or. Ryan Tesink did not play.

The Drakkar moved on to the semis with a 2-1 victory over the Tigres in Victoriaville. It was a good run for the Tigres who eliminated the Moncton Wildcats in the first-round.

The only series that is providing some decent drama is the Quebec Remparts/Rouyn-Noranda Huskies matchup. The Huskies lead the series 3-1 now thanks to a 5-4 overtime win. They can advance to the semis with a victory in Game 5 on Friday in Rouyn-Noranda.

So, the Drakkar (No. 2 seed) will face the Armada (No. 3 seed) in one semi-final. The Mooseheads (No. 1 seed) will play the winner of the Quebec/Rouyn-Noranda series.

Looking ahead, how awesome would a Baie-Comeau/Halifax final be? All Saint John fans found out last year that Drakkar fans are crazy. Add the Nathan MacKinnon draft drama to that mix? Oh… oh my.

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