The Halifax Mooseheads suffered a 7-3 setback at the hands of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Centre.
Max Fortier added to his team leading scoring stats with another goal and two assists but the visiting Titan were too much to handle as they built a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Fortier now has 23 goals and 30 assists in 2015-2016.
“There’s not much to say I mean we gave them the game,” said Vince Watt following the defeat.
The Mooseheads 19-year-old winger scored his fourth goal of the season just 12 seconds after Fortier got the team on the board in the final minute of the opening period to cut the deficit to 4-2 and giving the Mooseheads some life but the momentum didn’t carry over into the second stanza.
“These are the games that you’ve got to win I mean it’s a battle within the division and we want to make the playoffs, that’s the bottom line.”
Goals from first star Mark Trickett, Christophe Boivin, Vladimir Kuznetsov, and Garrett Jonhston chased Halifax starting goalie Eric Brassard at the 17:58 mark of the first period. Kevin Resop took over the rest of the way and stopped 19 of 22 shots he faced.
Scholastic player of the month Connor Moynihan picked up the third Mooseheads goal with a one-timer on the power play with assists going to Fortier and Taylor Ford.
Ford said the 4-0 deficit was a tough way to start but he felt a better effort in the final 40 minutes was needed.
“There’s not really any excuse because we’ve come back before and we’ve done it pretty recently and there’s no excuse for not working hard after going down 4-0.”
There was a special moment for recently acquired Titan rookie forward Cole Rafuse when the Kingston, NS native scored his first career goal in front of a large group of family and friends who came out to support him at Scotiabank Centre. Bathurst sent a first round draft pick to Val d’Or for Rafuse during the QMJHL trade period. He was named the third star of the game.
Max Fortier earned the second star for his three-point effort.
The Mooseheads honoured Athletic Therapist Diane Ouimet prior to the game after she helped Canada’s National Women’s Development Team win Gold recently at the Nation’s Cup in Germany.
(Above: Diane Ouimet with Mooseheads VP Business Operations Brian Urquhart)
Halifax wraps up a five-game homestand on Thursday night at 7pm when they entertain the Quebec Remparts at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.