Quest for the Hurley Cup starts tonight!
The Halifax Mooseheads (15-16-1-2) begin the battle for the first ever Hurley Cup tonight at 7pm as the Screaming Eagles (18-15-2-1) host the opener at Centre 200.
The Mooseheads will be looking to get back in the win column for the first time since December 2nd. The team has gone 0-4-1-1 since a 4-1 victory at Chicoutimi.
Cape Breton has won two in a row and six of its last 10 to climb to ninth overall in the QMJHL standings, six points better than the Herd.
The season series has gone in the Mooseheads favour as Halifax has points in three of the four meetings with a pair of wins and an overtime loss. The Herd defeated Cape Breton 6-4 on October 1st when Max Fortier scored twice in the third period to secure the win. Halifax picked up a 3-1 victory in Sydney on October 28th on the strength of 34 saves by rookie and first star of the game Alex Gravel. Connor Moynihan scored the game winning goal early in the third period. The Screaming Eagles bounced back with a 5-1 win the next night at Scotiabank Centre. In the latest matchup on December 10th in Cape Breton, the Mooseheads fought back to send the game into overtime with a pair of late goals but Jordan Ty Fournier gave the Eagles a 5-4 win when he drove hard to the net with 1:02 to go in the extra period.
Otto Somppi returns to the Mooseheads lineup while injuries will keep Connor Moynihan, Barrett Dachyshyn and Walter Flower in the press box. Nico Hischier remains away at the World Juniors. The Screaming Eagles have a full healthy lineup aside from Pierre-Luc Dubois being away at the World Juniors with Team Canada. It’s expected he will be dealt to the Armada at the conclusion of the tournament.
This marks the 175th all-time meeting between the provincial rivals with Halifax holding the edge in wins with an 84-81-9 record. Only 10 goals separate the teams after 20 years of games. Cape Breton has outscored the Moose 587 to 577.
Tonight’s game can be seen on Eastlink Television while John Moore has the play by play call on News 95.7.
The Mooseheads will have a big crowd on hand for the series finale tomorrow afternoon (New Year’s Eve) at 2pm at Scotiabank Centre. Fans are encouraged to dress up in Mooseheads paraphernalia to help support the team and for a chance to win one of the hundreds of prizes to be handed out at random.
Halifax and Cape Breton will continue to wear their special Battle of Nova Scotia jerseys which will again be raffled off to fans at the game. Fans who bring a food bank donation to the game in support of Feed Nova Scotia will receive a ballot to win one of the game-worn jerseys.
The Hurley Cup will be decided on aggregate scoring with goals in the opponent’s building being the first tie-breaker. In the event the teams are still tied then the Cup would be awarded to the team that scored the first ever Hurley Cup series goal. That rule will be changed in subsequent years to see the Cup retained by the defending champions.
Tickets are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221.