The Halifax Mooseheads puts the wraps on an excellent first half of the season on Saturday night when they defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-2 on a great night at Scotiabank Centre. The team earned a third consecutive win and ensured they enter the Christmas break in first place in the Maritimes Division with a 21-9-4-1 record.
“We want to beat them every time because it’s a big rivalry and the Battle of Nova Scotia,” said goaltender Alex Gravel who was wearing the attack helmet as player of the game as chosen by the Mooseheads coaching staff.
The NHL Draft eligible goalie stopped 27 shots for his fourth win of the month as he and 20-year-old Blade Mann-Dixon have proven to be a formidable tandem throughout the first 35 games of the year. Gravel was named the third star of the game for his efforts.
The Mooseheads opened the scoring on a great blocker-side shot from Jared McIsaac that brought more than 7,100 fans to their feet 4:10 into action on Minor Hockey night in the building. The goal was the defenceman’s fourth of the year and came on the power play with first star Xavier Parent and Captain Max Fortier earning assists.
Cape Breton came back to tie the game 2:28 later on a goal from Peyton Hoyt when the puck found him alone in the slot but the Mooseheads had an answer all evening. Patty Kyte put the home team up 2-1 early in the second period as his hot streak continued. The Pembroke, Ontario native lit the lamp for the second time in his career and second time in as many nights. Cape Breton tied it again as veteran Jordan Ty Fournier found the back of the net but rookie Xavier Parent netted the game winner before the end of the second period. Parent’s eighth of the season came off the rebound on a play started by Ben Higgins. The line of Parent, Higgins and Joel Bishop was effective all night and gave the Screaming Eagles fits in their own end. Connor Moynihan capped off the scoring with an empty-net goal and the Mooseheads celebrated on Scotiabank Centre ice with their sixth consecutive home win.
Halifax is now off until Thursday, December 28th when they entertain the Charlottetown Islanders at 7pm. The rivalry with Cape Breton picks back up with the Hurley Cup on Saturday, December 30th at 2pm and will wrap up on New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop in Scotia Square or call 451-1221.