Mooseheads return from 'long' trip

WILLY PALOV -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

The Halifax Mooseheads had quite a time getting back from Moncton after Sunday's game against the Wildcats.

They had originally planned to return immediately after their 4-0 loss, but the severe weather conditions forced them to stay overnight in Moncton. After grabbing breakfast in Moncton on Monday morning, they hit the road but only made it to Sackville, N.B., before finding out the highway had been closed.

Forced to kill time indefinitely while the road crews cleared the snow, the Mooseheads arranged to have the Mt. Allison University gym to themselves for a couple of hours.

"We played a little basketball and badminton," said general manager Marcel Patenaude. "It was through a contact of (radio play-by-play man) John Moore. They opened the university for us so we were glad we were able to do that, at least. It helped pass the time."

The Mooseheads got word at 4:30 p.m. they could get back on the road. Patenaude said everyone was bored and restless by the time they got back on the bus.

"It's been two long days, actually," Patenaude said. "We had to leave very early (on Sunday) just to be able to play the game.

"It might have been better (to cancel the game) but we were able to get there in the morning and they wanted us to make it because it was their big Timbit day (for minor hockey players). Luckily, the roads weren't too bad in the morning. We left at 9:30 and it only took us three-and-a-half hours to get there because I think we were in front of the storm."

But Patenaude said the early arrival threw the players off their usual pre-game routine and the change played a part in their sluggish performance in the 4-0 loss.

"We got to the rink three hours before the game, which we don't normally do," Patenaude said. "It definitely affected the guys. You could see they didn't have the same energy because they had to sit around for so long."

The Mooseheads play their next game at home on Friday night against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are just six points behind the Chicoutimi Sagueneens for first place overall in the league.

Crosby nabs weekly Q award

Cole Harbour's Sidney Crosby was named the QMJHL offensive player of the week after racking up eight points in just two games for the Rimouski Oceanic.

Crosby had two goals and three assists in a 9-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Friday, followed by a three-point performance (one goal and two assists) in a 9-0 win over the Bathurst Titan on Sunday. Crosby leads the league in scoring with 36 goals and 98 points in 41 games. Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Maxime Boisclair is the next highest scorer with 72 points in 47 games.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forwards Guillaume Demers and Stephen Dixon also earned consideration for the offensive award.

Teammate Mario Scalzo Jr. earned the defensive honours. The 20-year-old defenceman had six points during the same two games.

Cape Breton defenceman Jean-Claude Sawyer was also nominated for the award.


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