Bathurst blasts the Herd 9-0
Friday night’s road game got away from the Mooseheads early on as they gave up five goals in the first period en route to a 9-0 defeat in Acadie-Bathurst. Vladimir Kuznetsov was a one-man wrecking crew with four goals including a natural hat trick as he was named the first star. The big Russian forward scored goals just 11 seconds apart to complete the trick in the second period.
The Mooseheads played without star Nico Hischier who sat out with a minor injury, while defenceman Walter Flower and goalie Blade Mann-Dixon were out again with injuries of their own. The Titan out-worked Halifax all night and it’s unlikely the Moose could have kept up even if they had those regulars in the lineup. The Herd were given their chances with the man advantage but struck out on nine power play attempts. Bathurst cashed in twice on nine power plays and also scored a short handed goal.
Starting goaltender Alex Gravel was pulled near the end of the opening period after allowing the fifth Titan goal on 15 shots. He was replaced by rookie Cole McLaren who made his QMJHL debut, stopping 19 of 23 shots he faced the rest of the way. The final shots were 38-21 in favour of Bathurst. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard, acquired in December from Drummondville, earned his league-leading fourth shutout of the season and is now tops in the QMJHL in save percentage and third in goal against average.
20-year-old Keigan Goetz appeared in his first game since being named Captain of the Mooseheads while fellow overage forward Jake Coughler returned after missing a pair of games with an injury.
There weren’t many bright spots in this game for the Mooseheads who had given such strong efforts in their recents games. The Herd will look to regroup on Saturday night on home ice against the Charlottetown Islanders at 7pm. Halifax will also play at Scotiabank Centre on the holiday Monday afternoon at 2pm against the Moncton Wildcats in what’s being dubbed Family Day at the rink. Family Packs of 4 tickets for just $40, or 3 for just $33, taxes included, are available for this game only. Maximum two adults per pack.
Tickets for all Mooseheads home games are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221