Halifax Mooseheads rebound against Gatineau Olympiques, take 3-1 series lead

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Geordon Omand - Metro Halifax

Mooseheads' Nikolaj Ehlers (24) fires the puck into the net past a diving Olympiques' goalie Robert Steeves (36) during second period QMJHL playoff hockey action in Gatineau, Quebec on Wednesday.

The Halifax Mooseheads pulled off a 4-2 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday night, despite a strong rally attempt by the hosts.

The win extends Halifax’s lead in the best-of-seven quarter-final series to 3-1, with Game 5 on Friday night in Gatineau.

A second-period push put the Mooseheads ahead 3-0 after a scoreless opening 20 minutes, but the Olympiques responded and was able to cut the lead to one early in the third.

But they couldn’t find the equalizer and Brent Andrews sealed the deal for Halifax with a late empty-netter.

Luca Ciampini, Mackenzie Weegar and Nikolaj Ehlers also tallied for the Mooseheads, while Jonathan Drouin had three assists to give him a league-best 24 points in the playoffs.

Simon Tardiff-Richard and Vaclav Karabacek responded for Gatineau, which outshot Halifax 28-23 and was looking to make it back-to-back home wins.

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