Playing more than 60 minutes is starting to become the norm lately for the Halifax Mooseheads who went to their third shootout in four games before eventually falling 4-3 to the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The Herd have now needed either overtime or a shootout in seven of their 16 contests this season.
It took eight shooters to end the lengthy game on Friday night as Julien Bourget got the winner by beating rookie Brady James to give the Titan the extra point. James finished the night with 33 saves while his counterpart Chad Arsenault stopped 41 shots for the win.
Halifax (5-6-2-3) has 15 points in 16 games this season which is third in the division, five points back of Bathurst and nine behind first place Charlottetown. The Islanders will visit Scotiabank Centre on Saturday night at 7pm.
The Mooseheads coughed up the lead in this game after James Swan, Zachary L’Heureux and Jason Horvath staked the Herd to a 3-1 advantage by the 2:34 mark of the third period but back-to-back goals by Mark Rumsey helped the Titan claw back and force the extra period of hockey.
Rookie Jordan Dumais was back in the lineup after missing the last three games with an illness, and he was a sparkplug on offense by contributing a pair of assists. He now has 11 points on the season and the Mooseheads hold four of the top five spots in QMJHL rookie scoring with Dumais and Swan tied while Bobby Orr and Markus Vidicek lead the way with 13 points along with Moncton’s Vincent Labelle.
American Zack Jones played his second game since coming out of quarantine and his first on home ice this season. The 19-year-old forward was admittedly tired after the long game as he is still getting himself into game shape following the long layoff. Jones nearly ended the game in overtime when he took a pass to get in alone on Arsenault and he tried a between the legs shot from in tight but couldn’t beat the goalie. He later added a nice goal in the shootout as well.
There didn’t appear to be any rust on forward Zachary L’Heureux who rejoined the lineup after serving a four game suspension. The 17-year-old scored a nice goal early in the second period off a great passing play involving Bobby Orr and Elliot Desnoyers. L’Heureux tallied again in the shootout and fired a total of five shots on goal in the game.