Remparts Sound Thrashing Forces a Seventh Game

Remparts Sound Thrashing Forces a Seventh Game

by Andrew Greenfield

On arriving at the Colisée Pepsi last night for playoff game 6 of the LHJMQ quarter final between the Quebec Remparts and the Halifax Mooseheads, there appeared to be an air of expectation among the home fans.

The pre-game chatter animated and a sea of red shirts everywhere the eye could see.

With the Remparts leading the series 3-2 (having been 3 up),  Halifax would not just roll over, and so it proved.

Queen’s We Will Rock You got the near-capacity crowd in the mood and, with the traditional Canadian anthem out of the way, the teams faced off to a wall of noise.

It was most definitely GAME ON.

Quebec’s goaltender, Louis Domingue, looked nervous early on and it wasn’t long before the Halifax Mooseheads took the lead.
2 minutes in and it’s 1-0.

During the first period there were lots of little battles as the teams vied for supremacy.

The Remparts forced two powerplays in quick succession but couldn’t make the extra man pay.

They did, however, equalise toward the end of the first period only to switch off at the back and allow a second goal for the Mooseheads.

2-1 at the break.

The second period begins and it’s as if we hadn’t had a break.

Scuffles, punches, sin bins, time-outs. And crucially, no more goals for Quebec.

The partisan crowd getting restless now and the stadium announcer tries to gee things up.

A break away goal following another Remparts attack. 27 shots at goal to 17 in favour of the home team, but the scoreline tells a different story.

3.52 left to play in the second and that’s 3-1 Halifax.

1.40 and Anthony Dunclair goes in the bin for high sticking.

The Mooseheads know how to make the numerical advantage count. That’s 4-1 courtesy of Nathan MacKinnon.

Patrick Roy not looking happy at the end of the second period.
He marches straight off to the locker room with a face like thunder.
I wouldn’t want to be in there right now.

On to the third period and it’s another Remparts powerplay.
That makes 5 in all.

And still no goals from any of them.

It’s an off-night for Les Diables Rouges.

Grigorenko and co are there on the ice and in team colours, but seemingly absent.

Is this a wake up call? We’re their minds already in the next round?

The 11,781 crowd (mostly from Quebec) begin to boo.

A strange way of motivating the team.

What that does do is fire up the opposition.

That’s 5-1.

If you’re a Remparts fan, the best thing about this so far, would would have been the beer and hot dogs between periods.

The home team snatched a goal out of nothing at the death to make it a 5-2 reverse on the night.

Bring on game 7. Let’s hope the Remparts turn up.

The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada or Rimouski Océanic await the winners in the sem-final.
Photographs courtesy of Louis Mercier.

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