–photo courtesy Power Forward Photography
Hard work is quickly becoming a theme for the 2014-2015 edition of the Halifax Mooseheads after their latest victory, a 3-0 shutout on the road over the Charlottetown Islanders on Sunday.
The Moose (7-10-1-1) went to work early at the Eastlink Centre, dominating the Isles in the first period by outshooting their opponents 18-3 in the opening 20 minutes. Nikolaj Ehlers put Halifax ahead 1-0 when he ripped a low glove-side shot past goaltender Mason McDonald on the power play. The goal came at 15:46 and was Ehlers’ fifth of the season. Defensemen Matt Murphy and Austyn Hardie grabbed the assists.
Ehlers was named the first star of the game as he factored into the scoring on all three Halifax tallies, picking up assists on goals from linemates Danny Moynihan and Timo Meier.
“We played a solid road game, and everyone has been chipping in lately,” said Head Coach Dominique Ducharme who surpassed Shawn MacKenzie for the all-time franchise record for wins by a coach with 151.
“I’m honoured by the record. I would like to share that with everyone in the organization because it comes from great team work from the front office, the support staff, my assistants and the players over the years,” he said.
Zach Fucale wasn’t tested much early on but had to be sharp in both the second and third periods, finishing with 20 saves for his first shutout of the season and 11th of his career.
“The guys just sticked with it tonight. We believe in ourselves and our chances to win every night and I think we played together this weekend and it payed off,” said Fucale.
Fucale’s counterpart McDonald kept the score much closer than it could have been, by turning aside 35 of the 37 shots he faced and was named the second star of the game.
Moynihan’s goal came at the 5:45 mark of the third period and provided Halifax with some insurance, while Meier fired he puck into an empty net to secure the victory with 1:27 remaining.
Matt Murphy was given third star honours for his efforts, while Philippe Gadoury led both teams with seven shots on goal.
The Moose went 1-5 on the power play compared to 0-3 for Charlottetown.
Halifax will return to action on Friday night at 7pm when the Mooseheads host Saint John in the annual DND appreciation game at Scotiabank Centre. It’s always a fantastic night as we get the chance to show the Military our support and appreciation. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, www.TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221.