Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
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Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin.
For Brandon Vuic it was just another day at the office on Friday night.
The Halifax Mooseheads tough guy had certainly done his job, finishing with a scrap, a handful of punishing body checks and a goal, his second since joining the Herd back on Jan. 4, for good measure.
It would arrive at the tail end of an embarrassing display of domination by the Mooseheads, as they simply steamrolled their way to a 7-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes before 9,285 fans at the Metro Centre.
Yes, he’s racked up 47 penalty minutes in 16 contests, but that doesn’t mean Vuic lacks confidence in his offensive game.
“If I really tried my hardest I think I could fit into that role,” said the six-foot-four, 220 pounder. “I want a couple more (goals). I think I have offensive talent, that’s my personal opinion, but people can tell me I’m wrong, that’s OK.”
The 18-year-old forward wants to keep evolving into a more complete player, but being fresh into the league, he’s happy with his current role on a premier team.
That team showed its superiority on this night.
The Cataractes got a whiff of a possible upset after forward Felix-Antoine Bergeron opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest. But, the Mooseheads awoke and responded two minutes later, and then six more times after that.
The only criticism forward Timo Meier found in his team’s performance was its tendency to get a little too fancy.
“They’re fighting for a playoff spot and we want to show them that there is nothing to get here,” said Meier. “But, for sure we tried at times to be a little too pretty when we have to keep it simpler.”
Jonathan Drouin, who spent stretches of the contest weaving and bobbing through an often overwhelmed defensive corps, paced the Mooseheads with a pair of goals and three assists. Nikolaj Ehlers picked up a pair of goals while Luca Ciampini, Darcy Ashley and Philippe Gadoury had singles to round out the scoring for the Herd.
The Mooseheads extended their winning streak to five games, improving to 39-18-0-3. They remain No. 3 in league standings, and three points behind first place Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
The Herd hits the road on Friday to take on the Bathurst Titan.