The Halifax Mooseheads were feeling like they let one get away after a 4-2 home loss to the Val d’Or Foreurs on Sunday. The Mooseheads (6-7) seemed to have all of the momentum on their side for the first 40 minutes of the game but had trouble beating veteran goalie Etienne Monpetit who backstopped his team to the comeback win.
Halifax Head Coach Andre Tourigny summed it up best.
“In general we have to be satisfied with that game but for sure it’s frustrating to have nothing to show for it.”
Halifax dominated on the shot clock 40-20 and held a 2-1 lead until Francois Beauchemin tied the game 2-2 at the 4:46 mark of the third period. The 20-year-old one-timed a pass from Carolina Hurricanes prospect Julien Gauthier that beat Alex Gravel and Val d’Or (7-7) never looked back.
“We had good momentum for most of the game and I think we’re right there,” Tourigny said after the game.
Beauchemin struck again for his eighth of the season about eight minutes later which stood as the game winner while Gauthier scored an insurance goal into an empty net late in the period.
“We kind of strayed away from our defensive game and just little details that cost us at the end,” said Mooseheads Captain Taylor Ford.
“I take the blame for some of that you know I was on for both goals there in the third.”
The Mooseheads, trailing 3-2, had a great chance to pull even in the third period when they had a two-man advantage for 1:04 but were unable to get anything by the veteran Monpetit who made double-digit saves in every period.
Halifax jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of first period goals by Ben Higgins and Max Fortier. Higgins’ fourth of the season came just after the six minute mark when he turned on the jets and went high under the cross bar for his second goal of the weekend home stand.
“I just used my speed and saw an opening in the net and just shoot and I was lucky enough to score,” he said.
Mooseheads defenceman Jared McIsaac earned the third star after a strong game that included four shots on goal.
McIsaac and teammate Benoit-Olivier Groulx will leave on Monday for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where they will join Hockey Canada for the upcoming World U17 Hockey Challenge. The tournament takes place from October 30th to November 5th while the pre-tournament schedule kicks off on October 27th. For the full schedule and more information click here.
Both teams came up empty on the power play with each club going 0-5 with the man advantage.
The 6-7 Mooseheads play at home again on Wednesday night against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7pm.
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