Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
Call it a beat down.
The Halifax Mooseheads were brought down to earth with a thorough 8-2 beating, courtesy of the Quebec Remparts before 11,815 fans at the Colisée Pepsi on Thursday night.
“We got a lot of penalties and they scored six goals on their power plays, and that was it,” said Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme.
When it was all said and done a whopping 53 penalties, 12 of which were misconducts, were handed out.
The Herd got the worst of it, as the Remparts made good on six of 17 power play opportunities.
“It’s always emotional when we play them, and that’s it,” added Ducharme. “At one point it snowballed.”
It looked like it might be a promising night for the visiting Mooseheads, after Nikolaj Ehlers opened the scoring. But the momentum quickly shifted and the Remparts responded with eight straight goals, until Mooseheads forward Andrew Shewfelt finally stopped the bleeding with just under seven minutes to go in regulation time.
With no time to dwell, the Mooseheads move on to face the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.
Ducharme, has no doubt that Thursday’s set back will be behind them by then.
“We’ve turned the page. It’s a January game and we’ll be ready for tomorrow. I’m sure if they could, they would play that game right now.”
Anthony Duclair led the Remparts with a pair of goals and five helpers while Nick Sorenson netted a hat trick and two assists. Adam Chapman, Mikhail Grigorenko and Cody Donaghey rounded out the scoring for Quebec.
With the loss the Mooseheads’ seven game winning streak comes to an end, falling to 33-17-0-1.