A tightly contested game saw the Prince Albert Raiders and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies trade chances Sunday before the QMJHL playoff champions broke free with a three-goal showing in the final five minutes of the third period to come away with a 6-3 victory.
Here are five takeaways from the latest round robin match:
Late surge sinks Raiders
Sitting tied at three aside with less than five minutes remaining in the final frame, the Huskies then notched a trio of goals, beginning with right-wing Tyler Hinam, who buried a cross crease feed from defenceman Noah Dobson to record his second tally of the night. Then just 85 seconds later, the Huskies found the back of the net again as a shot by left-wing and Montreal Canadiens prospect Joel Teasdale was deflected by Jean Beliveau Trophy winner Peter Abbandonato, who picked up his first of the tournament. It marked the first time Monday either team carried a two-goal margin. An empty netter by Dobson then sealed the victory for the Huskies, who improved to 1-1 through round robin play.
Raiders face must-win game
Meanwhile, the Ed Chynoweth Cup champion Raiders are now winless through two games and will have little time to reflect on Monday’s loss as they return to the ice Tuesday in a must-win game against the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm. A win by the Raiders ensures a Tie-Breaker Game will be played on Thursday with the tie-breaker formula very much in play to sort out the log jammed standings.
Leason gets looks but no luck
After going largely unnoticed in the Raiders’ round robin opener, the team’s leading scorer in draft-eligible right-wing Brett Leason had a stronger showing Monday, including a partial breakaway in the first period shortly followed by an unencumbered rush only to shoot wide on Huskies netminder Samuel Harvey. Through two contests, Leason remains without a point and has been caught on the ice for three goals against. The 20-year-old finished the 2018-19 campaign with 36 goals, second-most on the Raiders, then added another 10 tallies through four rounds of playoff action.
Teasdale’s two-point night
Teasdale was one of the top performers for the Huskies on Monday, first cashing in with a power-play marker, coming just eight seconds into the man advantage. He then added what looked to be his second of the game and the insurance marker before the redirected goal was credited to Abbandonato as Teasdale was rewarded with an assist. The Quebec native was the top scorer in the QMJHL playoffs, finishing with 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points.
Hinam tallies twice
Hinam was the unlikely hero for the Huskies, scoring twice, including a goal less than five minutes into the opening frame on a tough angle shot from the goal line that slipped through Raiders netminder Ian Scott before he added his second of the night on a beauty set up from Dobson. After finishing the regular season with a modest 44 points in 67 appearances, Hinam has already collected three points through two games at the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia to sit tied with Boston Bruins prospect Jakub Lauko for the team lead in scoring.