Remparts and Mooseheads in Game Seven Nailbiter

Remparts and Mooseheads in Game Seven Nailbiter

By Andrew Greenfield

Tuesday April 17th, 2012 saw the Quebec Remparts and the Halifax Mooseheads back at the Colisée Pepsi for game seven of the quater final of the LHJMQ playoffs.

Back again courtesy of the 5-2 hammering that the Mooseheads meted out to the home team the previous evening.

Following on from that victory, the Nova Scotians had the momentum going into this game.
The Mooseheads were 3-0 down in the series and fought their way back to 3-3.

A more subdued crowd in the arena this time round, perhaps not knowing which way this one would go.

The game began and the Remparts certainly had their tails up, raining shots on Zachary Fucale’s net in a frenzied first couple of minutes.

Louis Domingue, the Remparts stopper, looked more assured when called into action during the opening exchanges.

With 6.28 left to play in the first period, number 52, Mikaël Tam fired in a long shot from out on the right and it flew into the top corner. 1-0 Quebec.

And that’s how it remained until the end of the first 20 minutes of play.

2nd Period

An early powerplay for the home team as Halifax’s, Montreal-born, Austyn Hardie is sinbinned.

The Remparts didn’t make the extra man count on this occasion, but didn’t have to wait too long for the second goal, Anthony Duclair giving Patrick Roy’s charges a 2-0 lead.

4 minutes gone in the second and it was 2-1, the excellent Nathan MacKinnon finding the net.

Hard to believe that MacKinnon is only 16 years old. Already an imposing presence, he’s sure to go far in the game.

 

Alerte Rouge flashed up on the scoreboard. Did the operator know something that we didn’t?

He must have done, Logan Shaw made it 3-1.

Halifax captain, Cameron Critchlow pulls another one back for the visitors. 3-2.

And then another with 45 seconds left.

So that’s 3-3 on the night at the end of the second period.

3rd Period

Were there any more twists and turns to come?
Well, the short answer was, yes.

The fans in the crowd of (only) 11,093 were on the edges of their seats.
Exciting stuff this hockey you know.

8 minutes gone and Adam Erne drives forward, keeps possession, holds of 2 defencemen, rounds the back of the goal and then deftly slips it in.
That’s 4-3 Remparts.

With seven minutes to go, Halifax fired a shot in and it rebounded high of the glass.

The Remparts went to sleep and then it was 4-4.

The period finished tied at 4-4.

This is what the playoffs, and game sevens, are all about.

Overtime. Next goal’s the winner.

Quebec’s Russian superstar, Mikhail Grigorenko, had been largely absent during the first 60 minutes, could he turn it on now, now that it really mattered?

The ice looked seriously wrecked, it’s taken a serious hammering over the last few months, and it showed.

Get the workmen in to fix the potholes, pronto.

For the first 15 minutes of overtime, it was all Remparts.
Shot after shot after shot.
They hit the post, they hit the bar, they hit the post again.
It just wouldn’t go in.

And then the inevitable. Disaster.

Cameron Critchlow prods in the sudden death winner in the Mooseheads’ scrambled first attack of the period.

It’s game over. Season over. Cup dream over. See you in September 2012. Bonne saison de golf.

Good luck to the Mooseheads in the next round.

It remains to be seen what will happen to the Remparts squad, including coach Patrick Roy (apparently he’ll be announcing his intentions sometime soon).

Final Thought

It’s very clear that the Quebec Metropolitan area (and the province in general) is hockey mad.

It’s also abundantly clear that the Remparts are an extemely well supported hockey club.

So the ingredients appear to be there for a successful reappearance of the Nordiques in the not too distant future.

But, the questions I’d like answered are:

The Remparts just took part in a thrilling game. Game 7. A great advert for the sport and the city.

So why, in this hockey-mad city with an arena that can house 15,000+ fans, did only 11,000 fans turn up for game 7 at only 15 bucks a ticket?

How many are going to show up when the tickets are 10x the cover price?

Thoughts please.

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