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QMJHL: Junior steals Game 6 to eliminate Huskies

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The Canadian Press
3/31/2009 1:34:51 PM
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ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. -- To avoid a seventh game, the Montreal Junior had to pull off a robbery.

Nick Layton scored twice, including the winner, and added an assist as Montreal stole a 4-3 victory in game six despite being doubled up in shots by Rouyn-Noranda to eliminate the Huskies from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

Jake Allen kept the Junior in the game, stopping 39 shots for Montreal, which was outshot 42-21 by Rouyn-Noranda -- the largest difference of the series. Layton scored his second of the game eight minutes and 50 seconds into the third period to clinch the series and send the Junior into the second round, where they will face the first-place Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The Huskies outshot Montreal in every period and held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first. The Junior battled back in the second, scoring three goals in a little over two minutes despite being outshot 13-7 in the period.

Alexandre Beauregard tied the game for Rouyn-Noranda in the third before Layton scored the winner for Montreal. Beauregard finished with a pair of goals.

With three points on Sunday, Layton tied teammate T.J. Brennan for the series scoring lead. Both players recorded four goals and six assists in the six-game battle against their Western Division rivals. Nine of Layton's 10 points -- including all four goals -- came in three of the four Junior victories.

The other second round match-ups in the QMJHL are: Moncton vs. Rimouski; Quebec vs. Cape Breton; and Gatineau vs. Shawinigan.

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Pat O'Keefe had a goal and an assist for Montreal, while Matthew Brenton also scored. Toni Ritter finished with a pair of assists.

Nicolas Deslauriers scored the other goal for the Huskies, who got 17 saves from netminder Mickael Audette.

Junior de Montreal (Photo: QMJHL)

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