Preseason continues Sunday in Saint John


2020 Training Camp Presented by Eastlink continues for the Mooseheads this weekend which will see a preseason stop in Saint John to face the Sea Dogs at TD Station.

The two teams will face off on Sunday afternoon at 3pm in their second straight matchup. The Moose improved to 3-0 in the preseason with a 3-1 victory over Saint John last Saturday at the RBC Centre. Halifax previously beat Cape Breton on back-to-back nights last week. The Dogs hold a preseason record of 1-2 with their lone win coming in a 9-4 romp over Acadie-Bathurst.

The Sea Dogs will offer a free YouTube stream of the game on Sunday. You will be able to watch live by clicking here.

The Mooseheads are one-of-four QMJHL teams that remain unbeaten in exhibition play. The Wildcats, Phoenix and Tigres also have 3-0 records. Elliot Desnoyers and Brendan Tomilson share the team lead in points with three while Zachary L’Heureux and the since reassigned William Robitaille each have two goals. First round draft picks Markus Vidicek and Jordan Dumais have been key contributors by each scoring a goal and an assist.

Goaltending has been excellent in the first three games for the Mooseheads. 20-year-old Cole McLaren has two wins to his credit and has stopped 42 of 44 shots leading to a 1.91 goals against average and a .955 save percentage. Rookie Brady James has only allowed one goal on 20 shots while posting a 1.05 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. Fellow rookie Mathis Rousseau was outstanding in Saturday’s win over Saint John by stopping all 17 shots he faced as the starter. Rousseau celebrated his 16th birthday earlier this week and was sent back to the Saint-Eustache Vikings as GM Cam Russell awarded the backup job to the 17-year-old James.

The Mooseheads will wrap up the five-game preseason schedule at home versus Charlottetown on Saturday, September 26th.

We’re now less than a month away from opening night in the QMJHL when the Moose will visit Cape Breton on October 2nd before hosting the Eagles in the Home Opener at Scotiabank Centre on Saturday, October 3rd at 7pm. The Canadian Hockey League is still awaiting word from Government health officials if international players will be allowed to arrive in Canada. That decision is an important one for the Mooseheads who are waiting on the arrival of three key forwards. Switzerland’s Attilio Biasca was the fifth overall selection in June’s CHL Import Draft by Halifax while Senna Peeters of Belgium led the Herd with 23 goals as a rookie last season. American Zack Jones is also extremely important to the club following his 34-point campaign as an 18-year-old rookie.

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