© JEFF HARPER - METRO HALIFAX
Halifax Mooseheads forward Philippe Gadoury has five points in four games with the Herd.
It took a little more than a period, but then the floodgates opened
Taking a 1-0 lead into the second period, the Halifax Mooseheads emerged with guns blazing scoring seven straight goals, en route to an 8-1 trouncing of the Rimouski Oceanic before 4,632 fans at the Colisée de Rimouski on Saturday.
“We’re satisfied with the way that we played,” said head coach Dominique Ducharme. “We wanted to play a playoff type game. We answered the challenge very well.”
Not only did the Mooseheads overwhelm their opponent offensively, they dominated at the other end of the rink, outshooting Rimouski 39-23.
Six Mooseheads ended up with multi point afternoons. Brent Andrews and Philippe Gadoury led the way for the Mooseheads with a pair of goals, while Nikolaj Ehlers scored and had two helpers. Darcy Ashley, Andrew Ryan and Mackenzie Weegar had singles to round out the scoring for the Mooseheads, while Jonathan Drouin picked up four assists. Jeremy Oligny responded for the Oceanic.
“We had a few chances in the first period, but we stuck with it, and we started the second with a five-on three power play and scored right away, and that hurt them,” added Ducharme. “From there, we just got better and better.”
With the win the Mooseheads improve to 29-16-0-1, and move into fifth-place in the standings, five points behind league leading Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
“I like the way we played the full 60 minutes. We had good control of the game; we had poise, good intensity and our focus was at the right place.”
The Mooseheads hit the road to take on the Bathurst Titan on Sunday afternoon.