In a game between two teams extremely close in the Maritimes Divison standings, the Mooseheads picked up a crucial two points on Sunday in a 2-1 comeback road victory against the Charlottetown Islanders.
The win is the fifth consecutive for Halifax as the Herd pulled four points ahead of the rival Islanders to improve to 22-7-1-0. Arnaud Durandeau netted the game winner at the tail-end of a power play midway through the third period while Samuel Asselin also scored for the Moose. Goalie Alex Gravel was outstanding in staving off the Islanders attack and earned 16th win with 38 saves.
It was an incredibly successful weekend for the Mooseheads who were facing the difficult task of playing three-games-in-three days which started with home wins of 10-2 over Saint John and 6-0 against Acadie-Bathurst.
Charlottetown got on the board first on Sunday when 20-year-old Hunter Drew tallied from the point on the power play at 13:36 of the first period. That triggered the 2,419 fans at the Eastlink Centre to start tossing stuffed animals on the ice for the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Drew’s goal turned out to be the only point of celebration for the Islanders as Halifax handed Charlottetown just their third regulation time home loss of the season. The Mooseheads are actually the only team responsible for beating the Isles on home ice in regulation this season. The Herd also grabbed wins in the PEI capital on September 22nd and October 11th.
Samuel Asselin pulled the Moose even when he banged in his 21st goal of the season from the side of the net midway through the second period following a shot by rookie Marcel Barinka. Charlottetown came back with a big push but Gravel didn’t let anything behind him the rest of the way. The teams went back and forth and traded chances throughout the game and Halifax enjoyed a 4-on-3 power play in the third after Hunter Drew and Xavier Parent were sent to the box with off-setting calls and then Nikita Alexandrov took a tripping penalty just three seconds later. It was on the tail-end of that power play that Arnaud Durandeau used his best hand-eye coordination to bat in his own rebound to the left of goalie Matt Welsh at the 8:36 mark. Gravel made the lead stand up and the Mooseheads celebrated in enemy territory in winning for the 22nd time in 30 games this season.
3 Stars: P-O Joseph had one assist for Charlottetown and was named the first star, Gravel’s outstanding game between the pipes earned him the second star and the Islanders’ Matt Welsh was named the third star with 28 saves.
Next Game: Halifax will finish the pre-Christmas schedule with a trio of home games. The Mooseheads welcome Cape Breton on Wednesday night, Moncton visits on Friday for the Teddy Bear toss in Moose Country while the Mooseheads and Islanders will have a rematch on Saturday night. All three games begin at 7pm. 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.