Mooseheads rookie Otto Somppi came through in the clutch for the second straight game on Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown as Halifax rallied from a 5-2 deficit to force overtime against the Islanders.
The 17-year-old from Finland capped off a furious comeback by the visitors when he jammed in a loose puck in the crease with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation to insure the Mooseheads gained a point on the road.
Even though Daniel Sprong ended it early in the extra period by swatting the puck out of the air and over Eric Brassard for a 6-5 Islanders victory, the young Mooseheads will no doubt feel very good about the result on their drive back across the Confederation Bridge.
Sprong’s first goal of the afternoon at 4:17 of the third period on the power play gave Charlottetown a commanding 5-2 lead and it looked like they would cruise to victory but the young Halifax club, as they showed in a comeback OT victory on Thursday, would not give up until the final horn.
Joel Bishop continued his inspired play of late by getting the Moose back in business as he scored with the man advantage to make it a 5-3 game. The 16-year-old from St. John’s has five points in his last four games.
Then just 15 seconds later Max Fortier beat goaltender Matt Welsh to pull the Herd within one goal and you could hear a pin drop at the Eastlink Centre.
Somppi, who scored the overtime winner on New Year’s Eve, completed the Halifax comeback after Coach Jim Midgley called a time out with 12 seconds left on the clock following an icing by the Islanders.
The Herd fell behind 3-0 before five minutes had expired in the second period on Isles goals from Dexter Weber, Samuel Blais and Mitchell Balmas.
Barrett Dachyshyn picked up his second career goal one a nice give-and-go with Bishop to get the Mooseheads on the board at 5:39 of the middle stanza. Johnny Foley increased Charlottetown’s lead to 4-1 about nine minutes later but Danny Moynihan got that one right back with 57 seconds to go in the period when he roofed the puck off a pass from a streaking Andrew Shewfelt down the right side.
Moynihan earned the third star of the game with one goal and two assists, while Blais and Weber earned the second and first stars respectively. Moynihan has seven points in his last two gamesand is 14th in the QMJHL this season with a total of 50 points including 24 goals and 26 assists.
Brassard wound up with 40 saves in an impressive effort while Welsh stopped 25 shots.
Shewfelt (2), Fortier, Cooper Jones and Jocktan Chainey had the other Moose assists in the game which was the second straight overtime battle for Halifax.
The Mooseheads return to Scotiabank Centre ice on Tuesday night at 7pm when they begin a homestand that will feature five games in 10 days, starting against the Islanders in the tail end of a home and home set. Tickets are sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.