The undefeated start to the 2018-19 season ended for the Mooseheads on Wednesday night in Quebec City. Playing their fifth of 15 consecutive games on the road to begin the year, the Moose dropped a 6-2 decision to the Remparts at Centre Videotron.
The loss drops Halifax’s record to 4-1, still an excellent considering the circumstances. Quebec’s top line of Louis-Filip Cote, Aleksei Sergeev and Philipp Kurashev were too much to handle on this night with the trio combining for 12 points and a +13 rating.
The Mooseheads got special teams goals from Samuel Asselin and Antoine Morand but were forced to play catch-up all game long. The Remparts jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Sergeev’s first of two goals in the game when he finished a centering pass by Cote with a quick shot that beat Alex Gravel at the 7:14 mark. The two players hooked up again a few minutes later to increase the lead to 2-0.
Samuel Asselin notched a power play goal thanks to some nice passing from Justin Barron and Jordan Maher to get the Herd within one but that was as close as the Mooseheads would get in a game where the team was significantly short-handed due to injuries. Raphael Lavoie was a late subtraction from the lineup with a lingering upper body injury adding to the long list of walking wounded that includes forwards Ostap Safin, Joel Bishop, Kyle Petten, Samuel Dube and defenceman Jared McIsaac.
The Remparts added two more in the second period and two more in the third with a nice short-handed marker from Antoine Morand sandwiched in between. The Anaheim Ducks prospect has two goals in his two games in a Mooseheads uniform and they are both short-handed. This one was set up by fellow Ducks prospect Benoit-Olivier Groulx.
Dereck Baribeau helped Quebec improve to 4-2 with 25 saves in the Remparts win while Gravel suffered his first defeat of the season with 27 saves on 32 shots. The Mooseheads were named the number one team in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the third consecutive week earlier in the evening.
That’s five games down on the 15-game road trip and Halifax will visit the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (3-2) on Friday night at 8:30pm before wrapping up the week with stop in Baie-Comeau on Saturday afternoon. The Drakkar have enjoyed a 5-0-0-1 start to their season.
The Mooseheads Home Opener will be held on Saturday October 27th versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7pm.
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