Halifax Mooseheads make history with Game 7 win
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:36PM ADT
As far as comebacks go, the one felt by the Halifax Mooseheads Tuesday night was historic.
At one point, the Mooseheads trailed the Quebec Remparts 3-0 in their second round playoff series in Quebec and some fans admit they began to lose faith.
"Oh, I thought it was over for sure," says fan Mat MacKay. "I didn't think there was a chance they were coming back. It's only happened a few times a team has come back from being down 3-0."
The Herd wasn't done. They thundered back with four straight wins to take the series in seven games - a bounce back of epic proportions.
"We thought we could come back for real," says Mooseheads Head Coach Dominique Ducharme. "We tried to make it as simple as possible."
Teams rallying from a 3-0 deficit in a best of seven series is rare.
The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles did it in 2001. Two years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers shocked the Boston Bruins with four straight wins and in 2004, down by three games to the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox rallied and went on to win the World Series.
At the centre of the Moosehead's historic victory is a 16-year-old rookie, a game-winning hero.
"Probably the greatest feeling right now, when I saw it cross the line," says Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin. "(Cameron)Critchlow tackled me. Probably greatest feeling I got."
Now, with just two days rest, the resilient Mooseheads will host Rimouski Friday night and according to former QMJHL scout, Bill Short, it is a winnable series for Halifax.
"I believe that they're going to believe in themselves, that they are fairly invincible," says Short. "They understand what it takes to come back and work hard as a team."
Tickets for the Moosheads-Oceanic playoff series go on sale Thursday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Paul Hollingsworth