Mooseheads need late goal to put away pesky Tigres

Not all of the Halifax Mooseheads wins can be blowouts, as much as fans might enjoy them.

There are days, like Sunday, where it goes down to the wire.

“I think it’s a test,” said Mooseheads forward Stefan Fournier, whose power play marker with 3:08 left in the third period propelled Halifax to a 3-2 victory over Victoriaville Tigres before 7,996 fans at the Metro Centre. “You can’t win every game 6-1, 7-1. The important thing is when we go into games like this we still come out of it with the two points, irregardless of the ups and downs.”

Things were looking up for Halifax as they went ahead 2-0 on Matthew Boudreau’s 17th goal of the season at 2:44 of the third.

But 1:25 later things went downwards. First, a goal from Victoriaville forward Philippe Hudon, then 35 seconds later, William Cochrane tied the game.

The Mooseheads didn’t panic though, and Fournier was in front of the Tigres goal during the late-game power play and put the puck past netminder Brandon Whitney on a great feed from Nathan MacKinnon for his 16th goal of the season.

“I was pretty excited about it. There’s always a little bit of extra rivalry when I’m playing against my old team,” said Fournier, who spent last season with Victoriaville. “I can’t say it’s more important than any other goal but I’m really glad I got it to win the game.”

The Tigres pulled Whitney for a two-man advantage during a power play in the final 90 seconds but couldn’t pot the equalizer as Zachary Fucale made several key saves.

Fucale finished with 23 stops, while Whitney, who is from Centreville, faced 39 shots.

Randy Gazzola had Halifax’s other goal.

The Mooseheads, ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League with a 23-3-0-1 record, are back in action Tuesday night against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Centre 200 in Sydney.

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