Wildcats 6 – Mooseheads 2

halifax-mooseheads-logo-150The Halifax Mooseheads will have to wait until after Christmas for their next win on home ice.

They dropped a 6-2 decision to the Moncton Wildcats at the Metro Centre on Saturday, wrapping up the home portion of their first-half schedule.

“It would’ve been great to win that last one at home,” said Mooseheads forward Gerrad Grant. “It would’ve been exactly what we needed to take us into the second half of the season.

“We came out hard and just fell flat halfway through the third. It was a good start but we really should’ve had the game.”

The Mooseheads got off to a tremendous start, scoring back-to-back goals on tipped point shots in the first 7:24 to take a 2-0 lead. But the Wildcats chipped away and eventually went ahead at 4:53 of the third period when Bible Hill’s Matt Brown scored the first of his three goals to make it 3-2. The Wildcats padded that lead in the remaining minutes of the third period.

“Their forwards are quick in our zone and they move the puck around really well. They know how to take advantage of their chances,” said Halifax defenceman Ben MacAskill.

“We played hard, the fans were into it and it was a nice, loud atmosphere. But they got some lucky bounces and that’s the way it goes sometimes. It can be hard to dig yourself back out of it sometimes.”

Pierre-Marc Lessard, with two, and Scott Brannon scored for the Wildcats and 16-year-old Louis Boileau-Domingue stopped 23 shots for the win. Alexis Piette and Charles Bety were the Halifax goal scorers and Mathieu Corbeil, also a rookie, made 27 saves.

The Mooseheads wrap up the first half of their season with a road game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday.

“It’s kind of tough scheduling there, but that’s fine,” said MacAskill. “We’ve got a long week to prepare for that game and we’ll be ready for it.”

The loss leaves the Mooseheads in 17th place with a 10-23-1-1 record, while the Wildcats improve to 25-2-2-2 and move into a tie with the Drummondville Voltigeurs for second overall.

Notes — Forward Eric Louis-Seize did not dress for Halifax because of a shoulder injury and Matt Boland, Matt Snow, Ryan Matheson and Richard Greer were healthy scratches. … The Mooseheads presented long-time medical trainer Chris McQuaid with a framed painting as a going-away present. McQuaid is leaving the team to take another job after being on board since the franchise joined the QMJHL in 1994. Saturday’s game was his 1,170th with the organization. … Brown now has eight goals and 10 points in five games against the Mooseheads this year. He has just three other points — all goals — in the rest of his 23 games this season. … Former Mooseheads captain Petr Vrana has been put on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. … Former Mooseheads winger Andrew White has joined the Miramichi Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. He had been playing for the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Copyright The Chronicle Herald 2008

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