It was another night of familiar faces returning to Moose Country and for Patty Kyte and Raphael Lavoie it was a successful night against their former team as they both found the scoresheet in an 8-3 victory for Chicoutimi.
The Eastern Conference leading Sagueneens stocked up via 11 trades during the QMJHL trade period and it showed as they jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back. Lavoie got the Sags started 3:01 into the game and shared a smile with goalie Alex Gravel after a defensive miscue by the Herd led to the easy tap-in for the Oilers prospect. Lavoie was honoured by the Mooseheads prior to the game for representing Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic where he helped the team win a gold medal. Both Lavoie and Kyte received a standing ovation from the crowd at Scotiabank Centre later in the opening period when a tribute video played on the video screen highlighting their careers in Halifax.
Denis Toner had the biggest goal output of his QMJHL career by scoring twice in the loss for the Herd, while Jeff Burridge also tallied. Newcomer Alexandre David picked up his first assist in a Mooseheads uniform in his first game since being acquired on Monday. Said Abi-Faycal, Kyle Petten, Zack Jones, Senna Peeters and Kevin Gursoy also had helpers for the Moose who will play at home again on Sunday afternoon against Charlottetown.
After a struggle in the first period, Halifax came back with a strong middle period that resulted in Toner’s first goal of the game but Chicoutimi got one back 0.7 seconds before the buzzer to take a 5-1 advantage into the third period. The Sags increased the lead to 7-1 before Toner and Burridge cut the deficit to 7-3 and Patty Kyte rounded out the scoring with a hard shot off the draw in the final minute of regulation.
The Mooseheads drops to 16-20-2-1 while Chicoutimi improves to an Eastern Conference best 28-7-4-0.
Halifax welcome the Islanders at 3pm on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Centre. Tickets are available now at the Ticket Atlantic box office, select Superstore outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or charge by phone 902-451-1221.