To say opening night of the 2015-2016 QMJHL regular season was a memorable one for Otto Somppi and the Halifax Mooseheads would be an understatement.
The 18th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft scored his first career goal and added a pair of assists in a 4-3 shootout loss in Charlottetown on Friday night. Somppi shovelled in a loose puck in the blue paint after it trickled by Isles goaltender Daryl MacCallum to tie the game 2-2 during the second period.
The Finland native had earlier assisted on Ilya Putintsev’s first career goal which came on a first period power play and later assisted on Vince Watt’s go-ahead goal in a high tempo second period that saw Halifax rally from a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 lead into the final stanza. He was named third star of the game.
Mitchell Balmas lit the lamp early in the final period when he ripped a one-timer by Mooseheads starting goaltender Eric Brassard with Morgan Nauss in the box for tripping which helped send the game to an exciting three-on-three overtime between the Maritimes Division rivals.
The goaltenders shined throughout the contest as Brassard ended his night with 36 saves while MacCallum stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout and recorded 37 saves in the game en route to picking up first star honours.
Chris Chaddock was the only player to score in the shootout while Charlottetown also got first period goals from Oliver Cooper and Filip Rydstrom in the Friday night opener.
Max Fortier was another bright spot for the Mooseheads as the forward picked up three assists in the defeat. Putintsev added an assist on the Somppi goal.
Home opening weekend at Scotiabank Centre kicks off next Friday night when the Mooseheads entertain Acadie-Bathurst at 7pm and face Saint John in a rematch Saturday, September 19th at 7pm.
Individual tickets to all 34 Mooseheads home games are now on sale for the general public at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221.