Mooseheads head to Quebec as race for top spot heats up

The Halifax Mooseheads are making their first foray into Quebec this season.

The Mooseheads, who are riding a five-game winning streak, visit the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at 5 p.m.

With the race for top spot in the QMJHL tightening, the games will have a big impact on the standings. The Mooseheads and Quebec Remparts are tied for first with matching 7-1 records, while the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Rimouski Oceanic are a point back with 6-1-1 records.

“We’re all in a tight race,” said Mooseheads winger Luca Ciampini. “We’re looking at it game-by-game to get to the end goal and we’re not thinking about what other teams are doing, we’re just thinking about ourselves and preparing ourselves.”

The Mooseheads’ offence has been on fire during the winning streak, finding the net 29 times, while their power play has converted on seven of its past 19 opportunities.

Drummondville has a 4-4 record, tied for ninth in the QMJHL, while Shawinigan, last year’s Memorial Cup champion, is second to last at 2-4.

Right-winger Martin Frk will return from a one-game suspension for slew-footing, while left-winger Jonathan Drouin, who missed Wednesday’s game, remains listed as “day-to-day” with an “upper body injury.”

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