“I thought early in the game we kept their shots to the outside but in the third they gave us a good push,” Midgley said. “They’re a skilled team and they showed no quit. It was three games in three days for them and they played hard. But we found a way to win and we’ll just keep working on tidying things up in our own end.”
Raphael Lavoie, with two, Maxime Fortier, Connor Moynihan and Ben Higgins scored for the Mooseheads to put them ahead 5-1 by the 14:02 mark of the second period. But two goals from Bathurst’s Olivier Galipeau and one each from German Rubtsov and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel during a 7:45 outburst early in the third period erased the entire advantage.
“It’s going to be a good race,” Midgley said. “They made some changes during the trade period and they’re a good team so you can tell they’re just trying to find their rhythm with each other.”