The first road trip to the province of Quebec since March of 2020 wasn’t overly successful for the Halifax Mooseheads as the team concluded a three-game trip with a 4-1 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques on Sunday.
Halifax went 1-and-2 with a win in Val d’Or on Thursday followed by losses to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and Sunday’s result at the new Slush Puppy Centre in Gatineau.
Jake Furlong gave the Mooseheads a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period vs the Olympiques when he pinched in from the point to drive home a rebound for his second goal of the season, however that proved to be one of the lone bright spots for the Herd as Gatineau scored four unanswered goals for the win. Elliot Desnoyers grabbed the assist to give the Captain points in seven consecutive games. The Flyers prospect has collected 12 points during that span with four goals and eights assists.
First Star Samuel Savoie bookended the Olympiques goals as he tied the game 1-1 in the final minute of the first period and notched his second of the night early in the third period. Gatineau got second period goals from 2020 first and second overall picks Tristan Luneau and Antonin Verrault in a game dominated for the most part by the home team. Brady James had some good moments in the Mooseheads crease and finished the game with 34 saves but not much was created for him at the other end of the ice. The Herd had a hard time getting any sort of sustained pressure on Olympiques goalie Emerik Despatie who wound up with 24 saves. Halifax reached double digits in shots (12) in the second period but had just seven in the first period and six in the final 20 minutes of regulation when the team needed a push to get themselves back in the game.
The Moose had a big hole to fill on the blueline after top defenceman Cam Whynot left warmup with a lower back injury and did not play in the game as Halifax played short-handed with five defencemen. Meantime, forward Zac Beauregard returned from a one-game suspension and played in his 200th career game. Zach L’Heureux served the fourth and final game of a suspension and is due to return to the lineup next weekend.
After kicking off the trip with an exciting 5-3 victory on Thursday in Val d’Or, the Moose suffered through a pair of uninspiring losses to drop the season record to 10-8-0-1 and the team is facing a bit of adversity with losses in six of their last 10 games. Sylvain Favreau and staff will look to get the players back on track heading into a pair of home games at Scotiabank Centre next weekend in Halifax. The Mooseheads will host Rouyn-Noranda on Friday night at 7pm before Blainville comes to town for 90’s Night on Saturday at 7pm when the Herd will wear their throwback Halifax Citadels jerseys. Tickets are on sale now at TicketAtlantic.com.