In the end, it was the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who were left standing.
It took eight shootout rounds before Marcus Hinds fired home the game-winner, and the Halifax Mooseheads ended their tough three-game Quebec road swing with a 4-3 loss before 3,500 fans at the Centre d’excellence Sports Rousseau on Saturday night.
But Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme wasn’t complaining about the performance of his team, which outshot the home squad 40-22. But, Etienne Marcoux proved up to the task between the pipes for the Armada.
“We played well,” said Ducharme. “We always talk about following a certain process and being consistent in the way we play, more than the end result. We played a really solid, playoff-type road game.
“We play the same way against the same team tomorrow, and the result would be different, I’m convinced of that.”
Featuring a matchup between the league’s second-place Armada and third-place Mooseheads, it was a battle to the bitter end with both teams exchanging leads until 6:40 into the final frame, when Brent Andrews tied the contest on the Mooseheads’ third power play goal of the night.
“We really deserved a better result,” said Ducharme. “But in the way we played, that’s what we want. It was the third game in three days. We played a lot, but we showed up with a lot of energy, applied a lot of pressure and we didn’t give them much. We had a lot of scoring chances; everything was there for a win.”
Mooseheads forward Timo Meier left the game late in the final frame after being slammed into the glass by Nathaneal Halbert, who was slapped with a game misconduct.
Though Meier didn’t return to the game, Ducharme said he was showing no obvious ill-effects from the play after the game. Ducharme also expects the Swiss forward to be in the lineup for Saturday’s home game against the Rimouski Oceanic.
For the third straight game, the Mooseheads were without their top line forward Philippe Gadoury, who’s still recovering from concussion symptoms, along with defenceman Brian Lovell, who also missed Friday and Saturday’s contests.
Both players will be reevaluated early in the week.
In the end, the Mooseheads managed to earn three points out of a possible six points during their three in three road trip, maintaining third place with a record of 34-17-0-2.
Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Ryan rounded out the scoring for the Mooseheads, while Danick Martel paced the Armada with a pair of goals and Matthew Bursey added a single.