Mooseheads stun 'Piques

Ryan Moore of the Halifax Mooseheads gets pulled down by Gatineau Olympiques' Graham Ryan during...

Ryan Moore of the Halifax Mooseheads gets pulled down by Gatineau Olympiques' Graham Ryan during second period action at the Robert Guertin Arena last night. (Ottawa Sun/Tony Caldwell)

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Not even the ghosts of Le Bob could help the Gatineau Olympiques last night.

After years of playoff success, the two-time defending President's Cup champions likely have some friendly phantoms somewhere.

That's not even counting the fan in a white sheet, two dark eyeholes in place, who kept pacing behind the net of the Halifax Mooseheads last night.

It wasn't enough to help the Olympiques scare up a win as Rane Carnegie scored at 14:45 of the second overtime period to give the Mooseheads a 5-4 victory and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven, second-round QMJHL playoff series.

It was a wild ride last night as the Olympiques blew a 2-0 lead and came back from a 4-2 deficit.

The game had more twists, turns and curves than Desperate Housewives and wasn't nearly as pretty.

It ended when Carnegie got his second of the game off a rebound, putting a backhander behind Gatineau goaltender David Tremblay, who, just seconds before, had kept the Olympiques in the game with a brilliant stop.

Halifax looked done after falling behind 2-0 after the first on a pair of Gatineau power-play goals.

But the Mooseheads capitalized on a bad penalty by Olympiques captain Sam Roberts at the 20-minute mark of the first, scoring with him in the box early in the second for their first of four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead.

It was the Olympiques' turn to look skewered. But, early in the third, Olympiques forward Cam Fergus took the puck in the neutral zone and carved through the middle of the ice. He beat a Mooseheads defender just inside the Halifax blue line, darting free on his forehand.

He ripped a riser from just inside the hash marks, beating Halifax goaltender Jeremy Duchesne high to the glove side at 2:02.

The goal re-ignited the crowd of 3,434 which had grown silent while watching the Mooseheads erase the Olympiques' lead with those four-straight goals in the second period.

At 8:47, following some great work by Fergus to control the puck behind the Halifax net, Gatineau's Petr Pohl took Fergus' feed and snapped home the tying goal, again to Duchesne's glove side.

Fergus' heroics in the third period let Roberts off the hook for what looked like an awful penalty that opened the door for the Mooseheads' domination of the second period.


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