The Halifax Mooseheads have been red hot on home ice having won six of their past seven games at Scotiabank Centre dating back to January 9th and will look to continue their winning ways on Friday night at 8pm against the Shawinigan Cataractes.
The Herd will be looking for a third consecutive win overall and gain ground on the visiting Cataractes who sit three points ahead of Halifax in the overall QMJHL standings following a 6-2 thumping of the Screaming Eagles on Wednesday night in Sydney.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Timo Meier have been shredding their opponents offensively with a pair of incredible ongoing scoring streaks. Ehlers’ streak of scoring at least one point has reached a CHL season best 27 games and the Mooseheads superstar is only two games off the franchise record set by Jonathan Drouin. The product of Denmark leads the team with 72 points in 35 games played. That’s an average of 2.06 points per game.
Meier, his fellow European standout forward, has put together a fine season in his NHL draft eligible year and has his scoring streak sitting at 21 games. The Switzerland native leads the Moose with 31 goals and has 67 points overall.
MEIR NHL NETWORK PROSPECT OF THE WEEK
The 18-year-old Meier has drawn plenty of attention from NHL scouts this season who seem to love his size, speed and scoring touch. His hot play was enough for the NHL Network to name him their Prospect of the Week and featured him on NHL Live on Wednesday evening. Click here to view the video.
Shawinigan features five players who’ve scored at least 20 goals and are led on offense by Anthony Beauvillier who has 35 goals and 77 points. The Cataractes (28-21-1-2) sit fourth in a very tough East Division and are eighth overall entering Thursday’s QMJHL action.
The Mooseheads defeated Shawinigan 6-3 at Centre Gervais Auto back on November 27th in the only other meeting between the teams this season. Timo Meier was the first star in that game with four goals, while Nik Ehlers collected a whopping five assists. Head Coach Dominique Ducharme certainly wouldn’t mind if his forwards could repeat that output when the puck drops on Friday night.
The Herd will also play host to the provincial rival Cape Breton Sreaming Eagles on Saturday night at 8pm as part of the Hockey Day in Canada celebrations in Halifax. Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will drop the puck in a pre-game ceremony.
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