Mooseheads dump Drakkar 6-2 in battle of QMJHL heavyweights

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Max Lindsay’s face.

The 18-year-old rookie scored his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal as the Halifax Mooseheads recorded an impressive 6-2 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in a battle of two of the top teams in the Canadian Hockey League. A mid-week crowd of 7,367 took in the game.

In and out of the lineup all season, the free agent signing from Ontario put home a rebound from in-close midway through the second period after linemate Ryan Falkenham drove the net on an impressive rush.

The insurance goal put Halifax up 3-1 and they rolled from there, taking over the game en route to another convincing victory.

“Once I got the puck, I just thought, ‘I got to score,’” said Lindsay, playing in his 13th game this season. “I kind of just beared down.”

That’s exactly what Halifax did Wednesday night after watching Baie-Comeau jump out to a 1-0 lead just 24 seconds in.

On the lucky early goal, the puck went in-behind the Mooseheads goal, then came out in front, bounced off one player’s skate, then off the skate of Halifax goaltender Zach Fucale, and in.

Halifax never panicked however, eventually finding its stride, something the Drakkar couldn’t match.

“We tried not to be too depressed about their goal,” said Mooseheads blueliner Konrad Abeltshauser, who had two assists. “We tried to take over the game step-by-step. I think after a couple of shifts we got the momentum going our way again.”

Stefan Fournier scored twice for Halifax, with Randy Gazzola, Andrew Ryan and Martin Frk getting the others.

Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon each finished with three assists, while Fucale was sharp in making 24 saves.

“We are very happy with the win,” said Frk, who potted his 10th of the season on a point-blast during a man-advantage late in the second. “We didn’t have a great start, but we kept working harder and harder and we scored a lot of goals on the power play.”

Raphael Bussieres and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau had the goals for the Drakkar, which went into the game riding a streak of 15-straight games without a regulation loss.

Halifax is now 3-0 on its four-game homestand, which wraps up Friday night against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m.

Mooseheads defenceman handed two-game suspension

Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Trey Lewis wasn’t in the lineup Wednesday after being suspended two games by the QMJHL for a first-period hit against a Val-d’Or Foreurs player in Sunday’s 4-3 win.

The hit against the boards wasn’t penalized.

Lewis will also sit out Friday’s home game against the Screaming Eagles.

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