Geordon Omand - Metro Halifax
After two straight losses, the Halifax Mooseheads are in desperate need of a win in Val-d’Or on Tuesday to get back in the third-round series.
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Halifax Mooseheads Nikolaj Ehlers, left, puts a shot on Val-d'Or Foreurs goaltender Antione Bibeau.
The Herd stumbled in back-to-back games last weekend as the third-seeded Foreurs took a decisive 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven QMJHL semi-final series.
But the Mooseheads have a chance this week to turn it around.
“We have a game on the road (Tuesday) night that we want to win,” said Mooseheads coach Dominique Ducharme about Game 3.
“That’s the only thing we’re thinking about,” he added.
“We don’t look behind; we don’t look too far ahead — we’re preparing for tomorrows’ game.”
A 5-2 loss on home ice on Friday to the visiting Foreurs had the Mooseheads promising a turnaround for Game 2 — a turnaround that never came.
Despite a more energetic performance the following night, they dropped a 4-2 decision on Saturday, which included surrendering three goals by the 7:10 mark of the first period.
Still, it was an improvement over Friday.
“We were better in Game 2 (than Game 1), and we want to be better in Game 3,” said the Mooseheads’ bench boss.
“We want to be better than we were on Saturday; we want to be bring our best game.”
The Mooseheads will have to capitalize on more of their scoring opportunities if they hope to remain championship contenders.
The Herd outshot their opponents by a wide margin in the first two games of the third-round series — 31-23 in Game 1 and 33-20 for Game 2 — but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. Val-d’Or’s solid defensive play has shut down the Mooseheads’ normally high-scoring offensive machine.
Foreurs netminder Antoine Bibeau’s stellar performance both nights was key to Val-d’Or’s victories.
The Foreurs — who won the league’s West Division — lead the Q in scoring during the regular season, with 306 goals coming out of the regular season, compared with the Mooseheads’ second-place 292 goals.
Games 3 and 4, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Val-d’Or, both at 8:30 p.m. AT, will be televised by Eastlink TV.