The bounces were not in the Mooseheads favour on Saturday night in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Quebec Remparts at Scotiabank Centre.
The Moose hit countless posts and came inches away from goals on several other occasions while the Remparts kept hanging around and fighting back until 20-year-old defenceman Etienne Verrette scored the winner at 3:06 of overtime. The goal was his first of the season and came moments after a great chance by Xavier Parent at the other end of the ice.
Veteran forward Keith Getson felt like the second point was there for the taking for his team and might have let it slip away.
“We should have got two points out of that atmosphere. The fans were great tonight and I definitely felt like we should have got two.”
The crowd of 8,416 was as energetic and engaged as any has been this season in Moose Country and did their best to cheer on the home team throughout the night.
Quebec never led in the game until the final score was posted on the clock but they clawed back to tie the score three times. The loss snaps Halifax’s three game winning streak although the Herd have still only lost once in regulation since November 30th with a 10-1-1-1 record in those 13 games.
Getson put the Mooseheads in front 1-0 just over five minutes after the drop of the puck when he knocked the puck in during a scramble in front of goalie Kyle Jessiman. He was happy to score but would rather have come away with a victory.
“It felt really good to get that one off my back but you know it would have been really nice to get the win.”
The Remparts seemed to have an answer for everything the Mooseheads did all game long. Nicolas Savoie, a rookie from Dieppe, New Brunswick scored his first career goal 3:05 after Getson’s tally to even the score 1-1.
Justin Barron continued his big weekend with a power play goal late in the first period for his fourth point in two games. Barron let a shot go from a few feet inside the blue line that made it’s way through traffic to beat Jessiman and give the Herd a 2-1 advantage. Quebec answered back at the 18:30 mark of the period when Adam Gaudreau tied it 2-2.
Captain Antoine Morand came up with another big power play goal for the Mooseheads early in the second period which prompted Head Coach Patrick Roy to give Jessiman the hook as Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo came on in relief. Halifax carried a 3-2 lead for a long spell until Samuel Dickner pulled the Remparts even 3-3 in the third period. Pagliarulo stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn the win while Cole McLaren took the loss for the Mooseheads with 26 saves.
“It’s a tough one on home ice. We got out to an early lead there well actually a couple of leads during the game so it would have been nice to hold those,” Getson said.
Halifax continues to lead the Maritimes Division and the Eastern Conference with a 27-8-2-1 record for 57 points through 38 games played. They are ahead of second place Baie-Comeau by two points in the conference and lead third place Moncton by four.
The next game for the Mooseheads is on the road Tuesday night at 7pm at Acadie-Bathurst. The Moose return home for Student Night on Thursday night at 7pm against Shawinigan. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop in Scotia Square or charge by phone 902-451-1221.