Moose Pour it on against Saint John
The goals came in bunches and the Mooseheads put in a dominant effort against the road weary Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon in an 8-2 thumping of the visitors at Scotiabank Centre.
Halifax swept the two-game weekend set on home ice and made it clear early in this one that they were ready to pounce on a team that was playing it’s third road game in as many days. Puck possession was key for the Moose and they had it on their stick most of the night, outshooting Saint John 46-17 to improve their Maritimes Division leading record to 32-11-5-1 to become the first team to reach 70 points in the QMJHL this season.
Otto Somppi and Benoit-Olivier Groulx both scored twice while Connor Moynihan, Max Fortier , Kyle Petten and Jared McIsaac also tallied in the win.
The Mooseheads had a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and a power play goal from Groulx increased the lead to 4-0 early in the second period. Saint John bounced back with a pair but the Herd put the gas pedal down for the rest of the game and the outcome was never in question. First star Otto Somppi notched his second goal of the game with 5:04 to go in the middle stanza to make it 5-2. Somppi had a big weekend with five points and is tied for third in QMJHL scoring with 60 points on the season.
8,079 fans got their money’s worth with three more Mooseheads goals in the third period including one just before the final horn. Jared McIsaac put one in for good measure at 19:58 much to the delight of the hundreds of minor hockey players in the stands. McIsaac finished the day with three points and was a +4.
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It was an excellent afternoon for the draft eligible prospect Groulx who finished the game with two goals and two assists and was named the second star. Walter Flower didn’t figure into things statistically but he was a force on defense, playing the body and making smart decisions with the puck. The Lunenburg native picked up the third star of the game. Max Fortier’s one goal and two assists added to some lofty weekend numbers as the Blue Jackets prospect wound up with seven points in the two games. Jake Ryczek chimed in with three assists, Connor Moynihan had one goal and one assist while Patty Kyte, Brett Crossley, Justin Barron and Arnaud Durandeau had helpers.
The schedule will see the Mooseheads visit the rival Moncton Wildcats on Friday night before returning home in a highly anticipated battle with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan next Saturday night at 7pm. Bathurst embarrassed the Herd 11-1 last weekend at K.C. Irving Regional Centre and tensions were high as the Titan continued to celebrate and play their top players during the blowout. It’s the same game that saw Filip Zadina earn a two-game suspension for a collision with goalie Evan Fitzpatrick. This will be a game fans won’t want to miss.
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