Mooseheads hit stride with win

WILLY PALOV -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

The Halifax Mooseheads are starting to roll.

After picking up their first victory of the season on Saturday against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the Mooseheads broke out even more with a 6-2 win over the Bathurst Titan in Bathurst, N.B., on Wednesday. They remain undefeated at 2-0-3.

"I don't know if I would call it an easy game, but I definitely saw a lot of positives," said Halifax head coach Shawn MacKenzie. "I thought we scored some timely goals and overall we're playing pretty well defensively, which is important.

"When you get a lot of skill players, they all want some offensive output but it's really important that you get them buying into the team concept. We're happy with that. There's not a lot of cheating going on, but that can happen when you get guys that are all used to being their team's skill players."

The Mooseheads trailed after the first period following a goal by Bathurst's Gregory Hoffe. But six straight goals quickly turned the game in Halifax's favour. F.P. Guenette, Jimmy Sharrow and Rane Carnegie had the biggest impact, with Guenette scoring twice and adding two assists and Carnegie and Sharrow each notching a goal and two assists.

Franklin MacDonald and Petr Vrana had the other Halifax goals and Jason Churchill made 28 saves. Jordan Clendenning had Bathurst's second goal and Gabriel Bouthilette and Luc Leblanc combined to stop 41 shots.

The Mooseheads lost defenceman Alexandre Picard in the second period after he took a heavy hit from behind while chasing down a loose puck on an icing play.

"He took a bad hit and I thought it should have been a five-minute penalty for hitting from behind, but he should be OK for Friday's game (against Rimouski)," MacKenzie said.

"He probably could've played, but given the circumstances that we had seven D in the lineup, we felt it was probably best to keep him out."

The Mooseheads will face their biggest test of the season when they take on Sidney Crosby and the Oceanic in their next game.

"It's a big game, obviously," MacKenzie said. "When you play them you have to play good, solid hockey and it's a test. They're the favourites to win the league and it should be a good gauge to see where we're at."

Notes - Left winger Ryan Moore did not play for Halifax because of a concussion, right winger Jan Steber was serving the third game of a five-game suspension and forwards James Pouliot, Bryce Swan and Ryan Hillier were healthy scratches. . . . Halifax's Daniel Sparre missed a penalty shot with 28 seconds remaining in the third period. . . . Crosby set up both of Rimouski's goals in a 3-2 loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Wednesday. Crosby has 20 points in six games and has registered at least two points in every game of the season. . . . The Titan suffered a huge blow this week when right winger Thomas Beauregard went down with a torn ACL. Beauregard, 18, is the team's best forward, but will need surgery to repair the tear and will miss the entire season. Beauregard led the Titan in scoring last year with 18 goals and 46 points in 65 games. The Titan also got word that 19-year-old centre Patrice Bergeron would not return to the QMJHL after spending last season with the Boston Bruins. Bergeron was given special permission to sign with the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins.


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