Flyers’ Brunelle Shines in QMJHL Finals Opener

By Bill Meltzer

Philadelphia Flyers prospect Mathieu Brunelle had another big night as Hull won 4-1 over Halifax to take Game 1 of the best of seven QMJHL finals. Brunelle
scored two goals, including the game winner, to be named the game’s first star and increase his league-best postseason goal scoring output to 17 goals in 14 games.

Hull quieted the almost 10,000 spectators at the Halifax Metro Centre by scoring goals 22 seconds apart late in the first period. On the shift immediately following a Jeff Smith powerplay goal, Brunelle finished off a play created by teammate Maxime Talbot to increase Hull’s lead to 2-0.

In the second period, Brunelle struck again, this time on an unassisted goal, to torpedo Halifax’s hopes of a comeback. The Mooseheads had been dominating the shots and chances but could not finish several powerplay opportunities before Brunelle’s 2nd goal of the game. Game 2 is tomorrow night in Halifax.

WHL Finals

Flyers defensive prospect, Jeff Woywitka, who has just been named the best defenseman in the Western Hockey League this season, did not enjoy his night nearly as much as Brunelle. The Kelowna Rockets laid a 5-2 pounding on the Red Deer Rebels, putting the game out of reach with 5 goals by the time the game was even halfway through. Woywitka was not on the ice for any of the 3 even strength goals Kelowna scored, but that was small consolation for the defenseman, whose slashing penalty in the first period helped open the floodgates. Game 2 is tomorrow in Kelowna.

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