Month: September 2010

Mooseheads Thrash Titan in Shock Win

Terenzio was solid in his first Mooseheads start

(Photo Credit: Robert LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

After a pair of disappointing losses in their opening weekend, the Mooseheads were facing a daunting road trip to kick of their season with their first game against league favourite Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

However the Young Herd shrugged off any nerves on their way to a 9-3 thrashing of the Titan, Brent Andrews led the way with four goals and veteran Charles Bety wore the “C” while adding three assists.

The Halifax Mooseheads overpowered the Titan and outshot their opponents 32 to 26 in front of 3,106 disappointed fans.

Freshly drafted 17-year old Anthony Terenzio got the start in net and played exceptionally, being beaten by a couple of power play goals but making twenty-three saves in his league debut.

The Mooseheads opened the scoring with back to back goals a few minutes apart, Pascal Amyot scored his second of the season on a powerplay and then Carl Gelinas added his second of the season.

Both teams traded goals in the second, when Andrews scored his first two of the night and the Mooseheads took a surprise 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

After giving up a 3-2 lead last time the two teams met, the Mooseheads skated much harder in the third and showed a passion that had been lacking in their previous two games. The Moose rattled off three unanswered goals, all setup by Charles Bety who was playing his first game of the season, before the Titan added a consolation goal to put the score at 7-3 for the Moose.

Lewis has established himself as the new 'tough guy'

The Mooseheads were not done there as Andrews added his fourth goal of the night from a nice feed from Mathew Boudreau on the powerplay and Boudreau added the final blow with less than two minutes in the game.

The game featured three fights, with Trey Lewis, Simon Desmarais and Steve Gillard dropping the gloves and showing the teams toughness. Lewis is taking advantage of Sawyer Hannay’s absence and is quickly becoming the go-to enforcer on this squad.

The offensive output was a pleasant surprise for Moose faithful, as many were wondering if the team would get off to a wretched start much like last season. Although not expected to blow many teams away, a big win against a tough opponent will give the team a much needed confidence boost as they continue their road trip.

The Mooseheads head to Saint John where they play Saturday, before heading to Quebec for the rest of their road trip, where they play 4 games in 5 days.

Henry Whitfield is a local journalist and avid Mooseheads fan, you can follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield, listen to him as a regular contributer to the Bill McLean Sports Show on CKDU or check out his blog here.

Mooseheads Dropped in Opening Weekend

Simon Desmarais had a solid debut

(Photo Credit: Richard Lafortune)

By Henry Whitfield

The Mooseheads headed into their opening set of games this weekend hoping to get the season started on a positive note.

Missing three key players, with goaltender Mathieu Corbeil, defencemen Konrad Abeltshauser and Sawyer Hannay at NHL training camps, the pressure was on the 11 rookies in the Herd squad to pick up the slack.

The Mooseheads dropped their opening night game 3-2 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, but strong play by Darcy Ashley and Alex Souligny gave the fans a glimpse at the future. Veterans Gerrad Grant and Pascal Amyot each added goals, while newly acquired Marty Frk picked up his first two points in Moose Country and was named the first star.

The game featured some classic Moose grit with Alex Lemieux, Trey Lewis and Simon Desmarais all dropping the gloves.

Peter Delmas had 22 saves in the loss, while the Mooseheads outshot the Screaming Eagles 31-25.

Frk Made a BIG Impression

Saturday night, the Mooseheads attempted to rebound against League favourites Acadie-Bathurst Titan but despite two rookies opening their scoring accounts, it ended a 5-3 loss for the Herd.

With a crowd of 4,822 watching, the Halifax Mooseheads came out hard and looked strong for the opening moments of the game, but some bad penalties cost the Moose as they headed into the second period down by a goal.

Bryce Milson had opened the scoring on the powerplay and Vincent Arseneau added a second for the Titan late in the period. It was Carl Gelinas who answered for the Moose, after being setup by Marty Frk, the winger went around goaltender Dereck Tait and scored a highlight reel goal.

The second period gave Moose Country a glimpse of the future.

Moose top draft pick Luca Ciampini showed some excellent hand eye co-ordination to bat the puck out of the air and pick up his first QMJHL goal. Less than a minute later Moose Country erupted when Marty Frk scored his first goal after being set up by Carl Gelinas. With the Metro Centre buzzing the Moose carried the play for the rest of the second period and headed into the third with a 3-2 lead.

Trey Lewis Showed his toughness with a couple of fights.

However, the youth and inexperience came through in the third when they let the lead slip away and after a series of bad penalties, they were trailing 5-3.

Peter Delmas will be ruing his chances, giving up 5 goals on 22 shots, while his counterpart Dereck Tait had 24 saves.

Winless in their opening weekend, the Mooseheads head to the road for their next six games and return home October 1st to host Saint John.

Henry Whitfield is a local journalist and avid Mooseheads fan, you can follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield, listen to him as a regular contributer to the Bill McLean Sports Show on CKDU or check out his blog here.

A Look Ahead to the 2010/11 Mooseheads Season

Desmarais will be a big part of the young Herd this season

By Henry Whitfield

After a pair of dismal seasons and the changing of the guard in the front office, the Halifax Mooseheads are finally into the next phase of their rebuilding plan.

With Cam Russell anointed by owner Bobby Smith as the GM/Coach, and the team announcing tough times before last season, there has not been much for fans to look forward to.

However, with some interesting trades and hard work by management, there is hope as a Young Herd emerges in Moose Country, giving their fans a positive outlook moving forward.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the big stories heading into this season:

A Battle with the Pro’s – The first couple of the weeks for the Mooseheads will be tough, with drafted players Mathieu Corbeil, Sawyer Hannay and Konrad Abeltshauser off to NHL training camps. This will leave the team with six defensemen, including young Simon Desmarais who forced his way into the roster with great pre-season play.

Young Herd Emerging – Speaking of Desmarais, there are a number of rookies who managed to fight their way into the lineup and are expected to play big roles this season. Luca Ciampini, Andrew Ryan, Francis Turbide, Darcy Ashley and Alex Souligny are all expected to step up and help push this club forward.

Cooler Heads – There was a lot of talk at the end of last season about whether Garrett Clarke had a future in Moose Country, the feisty defenseman had been benched down the stretch due to his irresponsible, hot-headed nature and Cam Russell seemed ready to trade the player. Fast forward to this season, and the same Clarke played maturely in pre-season and lead the team in scoring with 2 goals and 5 points, while still contributing his 21 penalty minutes.

In Frk We Trust – A lot has been said about the 16-year-old Czech hotshot that Bobby Smith managed to bring over

Is Frk the Real Deal?

the pond to play in Halifax. Marty Frk could be the best player that the Mooseheads have had in their lineup since Jakub Voracek and with all eyes on the player; it will be interesting to see if he can light up the league or if he’ll fold under pressure.

Oh Captain! My Captain! – Now that former Captain Tomas Knotek is playing in Europe, there is a void in ‘C’ department. With over-agers Travis Randell and Charles Bety clear favorites to take the vacant spot, it would be interesting if management goes to a younger player like Gabriel Desjardins or Brent Andrews, as the club builds for the future.

The Halifax Mooseheads play the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles this Friday at 7pm, game recap’s and thoughts will be posted after each game day.

Henry Whitfield is an avid Mooseheads fan and local sports enthusiast, a regular guest on CKDU’s Bill McLean Sports Show, you can follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield or on his blog here.