Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
In the end, Dominique Ducharme believed the Halifax Mooseheads deserved a better outcome on Friday night.
Instead, the Herd’s head coach watched his squad fall 5-4 to the Moncton Wildcats, despite limiting their rivals to just nine shots in the game’s final two frames before 3,976 fans at the Moncton Coliseum.
The shorthanded Mooseheads looked poised to take a 3-2 lead into the second period after Austyn Hardie struck with just 47 seconds left in the opening frame. But, Moncton forward J.C. Campagna responded with his second of three tallies just 22 seconds later.
Moncton would take the lead for good on two unanswered second period goals.
“In the first period we did some good things,” said Ducharme. “We made bad mistakes, big mistakes and they capitalized on them.
“In the second and third period we did what we needed to do to win but it went on their side tonight.”
Outshooting Moncton 42-26, the Mooseheads made it a one-goal game early in the final frame but the Wildcats netminder Alex Dubeau proved up to the challenge.
The Mooseheads have now lost three straight games.
“We’re not happy with the results, but there were some good things that we did,” said Ducharme. “I thought we deserved a better outcome, but that wasn’t the case tonight.”
Mooseheads prospect Maxime Fortier made his QMJHL debut, picking up an assist along with a handful of solid scoring chances.
“He did his job; he played well. It was nice to see that in his first game,” said Ducharme.
The teams will faceoff again at the Metro Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m.
With the loss, the Mooseheads, who were playing without six of their regulars, fall to 23-13-0-1.
Brent Andrews paced the Mooseheads with a goal and assist, while Sam Leblanc and Timo Meir added singles. Conor Garland and Ryan Penny rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats.
Kevin Darveau made 21 saves in the loss.