Mooseheads edge Sea Dogs to avoid back-to-back weekend losses
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Here’s yet another statistic the Halifax Mooseheads can hang their hat on– 30 games in and no back-to-back defeats.
Coming off its fifth loss of the season in a 7-6 overtime setback to the Titan in Bathurst on Saturday night, Halifax rebounded Sunday by defeating the Saint John Sea Dogs 4-2 before over 4,100 fans at Harbour Station.
“We talked about that a lot – every time we lose we want to bounce back,” said Mooseheads coach Dominique Ducharme. “When we don’t play our best game or lose that we’re coming back strong the next game.”
Jonathan Drouin, playing in his final game with the Mooseheads prior to leaving for the Canadian junior selection camp with teammate Nathan MacKinnon, scored for Halifax against Saint John, along with Stefan Fournier, Matthew Boudreau and Darcy Ashely.
Halifax allowed just 17 shots as Zachary Fucale was in goal after being yanked against the Titan when he allowed five goals on just 12 shots.
“Without the puck we were much better, even though in the second I thought we backed off a little bit and that gave them two really solid scoring chances, which they scored on,” said Ducharme. “But overall it was a pretty solid effort.”
Against the Titan, Drouin finished with three goals and an assist while MacKinnon had four helpers.
Drouin and MacKinnon, along with Martin Frk, leave Monday to attend junior selection camps, and if they are successful, will be gone for about a month.
Ducharme said losing the team's entire top line is difficult but added it's an opportunity for others to step up.
“As a team, we’re taking that like a challenge and we want to doing everything little we can to get two points each night,” said Ducharme.
Halifax returns to action Thursday against the Prince Edward Island Rocket at Metro Centre at 7 p.m.