Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
Nikolaj Ehlers dedicated Saturday’s game to the memory of his grandmother, and the score sheet showed.
The Halifax Mooseheads rookie forward tallied twice and added an assist to help guide the Herd to a 6-3 victory over the Bathurst Titan before 1,527 fans at Centre régional K.C. Irving.
“He was really involved; he used his speed and was involved in every play,” said Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme. “Every time he was on the ice he was making things happen.”
Ehlers, who was named first star of the game, took to Twitter a couple of hours before the matchup to write: “Playing for you tonight grandma! Still believe you’re here near me everyday!”
It didn’t take long before Ehlers and Co. got the ball rolling, racking up a 3-0 first-period lead, and the Danish winger finished the frame with a goal and assist.
He would tally again early in third period before Darcy Ashley’s short-handed goal gave the Herd a 5-1 lead.
The Mooseheads got a bit of a scare late in the third period when the Titan scored back to back goals in 29 seconds to make it a two-goal game with just over five minutes left in regulation time.
But Jonathan Drouin would end the threat with an empty-netter, giving him four points on the night and extending his point streak to 11 games (10 goals and 20 assists.)
Brent Andrews scored twice to tie Ehlers for the team lead in scoring with 14 goals. Ashley also picked up two assists for three points on the night.
Ducharme said he was impressed with his team’s effort after completing three games in as many nights.
“I liked our start, the way we were playing in the first period. We were moving, in control and doing exactly what we wanted to be doing, playing fast, together and simple.
“In the second we had a lot of penalties and played a little undisciplined. But we came back in the third. It was our third game in three nights, and with all of the travel and everything, I thought we did a good job.”
With the victory, the Mooseheads (19-8) increase their winning streak to seven games and currently sit second in league standings, two points behind the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, who beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 6-3 on Friday night.
Adam Steven, Francois Godin and Adam Chapman each scored for Bathurst.
The Mooseheads will face the Titan again at home on Friday at 7 p.m.