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It took an overtime goal to settle Tuesday's QMJHL game at the Scotiabank Centre.
The Halifax Mooseheads and Charlottetown Islanders each had a turn with the momentum but neither team carried it long enough to pull away during regulation time. Bo Groulx finally scored on the power play with 67 seconds left in overtime to give the Mooseheads a 4-3 win in front of a crowd of 6,428.
“It was a roller coaster tonight,” said Halifax captain Antoine Morand. “I think we played a really good first period but after that we just kind of sat on our advantage too much. We started cheating the game, not working and trying to make things complicated for nothing. It came back at us pretty bad so we’ve got to learn from it.
“We had a good result in the end but we obviously want to change those habits from that game.”
The start couldn’t have been better for the Mooseheads, who got a goal from Jared McIsaac on the first shift of the game.
Arnaud Durandeau and Morand then scored 19 seconds apart later in the opening period to put the Mooseheads up 3-0 and in full control.
The Islanders responded with a strong second period, outshooting the Mooseheads 15-2 and cutting the lead to 3-1. They carried that pressure into the third period and scored two goals in a 29-second span to reset the game at 3-3.
Groulx put it away when he took a cross-ice feed and snapped the puck into the high part of the net.
“We called a timeout because every time you have a power play it’s crucial, especially in overtime,” Morand said. “We needed to make the difference at that time and we were able to score when we needed it. That will be good for our confidence and we'll try to build on that.”
Derek Gentile, Colin Van Den Hurk and Daniel Hardie were the Charlottetown scorers.
Alexis Gravel stopped 33 shots for Halifax and Matt Welsh made 18 saves for Charlottetown. The Islanders outshot the Mooseheads 27-7 in the second and third periods.
“Every team that’s losing by one or two or three goals, they want to put pressure on you to try to come back,” Morand said. “They were forcing us to make turnovers and they did exactly what they wanted. It changed our game style after that. We tried to be too fancy and we were making more mistakes. Our game was really bad after that. We need to manage the puck better.”
The Mooseheads improve to 17-4-1-0, while the Islanders slip to 14-7-2-0.
The game was a good representation of what to expect the rest of the way from these two teams. Both are constructed well to finish high in the regular season standings and make deep runs in the playoffs.
“I think we have a great team and they do too,” Morand said. “They’re always hard to play against. They work really hard and they have a lot of skill and they're pretty shifty. It's going to be a great battle with them all year.”
The Mooseheads’ next game is at home on Saturday against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. They also host the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday.
“It’s a big weekend for us,” Morand said. “Those are teams that are close with us at the top of the standings so we want to get those points. We’ll be ready and we won't the mistake of falling back a bit like we did tonight.”
Notes: Samuel Dube, Kyle Petten, Cole Stewart and Denis Toner did not dress for Halifax.