Month: October 2011

Mooseheads Split Weekend, Beat Remparts




Grenier was named first star and scored the OT winner

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

A night after the Saint John Sea Dogs rolled through town with a 5 – 0 win, the Halifax Mooseheads stood tall and worked hard for four periods to beat the Quebec Remparts 4-3 late in overtime.


Alexandre Grenier scored his second goal of the night to seal the win, a goal he celebrated with exuberance in front of the 6,003 fans at the Metro Center.


Nathan MacKinnon, playing in front of a number of NHL Scouts, wasted no time making up for a quiet game the night before and scored after a nice play by Luca Ciampini set him up alone in front of the Remparts goalie.


The high-flying Remparts answered back soon after, Rookie Anthony Duclair scoring on a play created by Russian phenom Mikhail Grigorenko and Mikael Tam.


Zachary Fucale then took over, coming up big for a Mooseheads team that couldn’t stay out of the box all night, making 26 saves and picking up the win.


With just seconds left in the second period Grenier gave the home team the lead after tipping a MacKinnon shot from the slot, the play was reviewed but deemed a good goal.


Mathieu Boudreau would give the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead on the powerplay to start the third period, before the Remparts clawed one back on a goal by Frederick Roy.


Midway through the third period a rash of blown calls and a hit from behind call against Cameron Critchlow had the fans and bench incensed, before Dominque Ducharme unleashed his frustration on the referees and earned his team a bench minor.


On the following powerplay, Mikhail Grigorenk scored a high-light reel goal and sent the game to overtime, where a holding call against Owen Werthner left the Mooseheads on the powerplay with just over two minutes left in the game.


Grenier ended the game with a quick shot from the point, skating to center ice as he pumped his Mooseheads Jersey before being mobbed by his teammates.


The game leaves Nathan MacKinnon and Mikhail Grigorenko tied amongst rookies for the most points, each with 23 points.


The win moved the Halifax Mooseheads up to 2nd place in the Maritimes Division, just four points behind the Memorial Cup Champion Sea Dogs who have played two more games than the Herd.


The Mooseheads head on the road to face the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada before back to back games against the Val D’or Foreurs.



Henry is a writer for  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.








Mooseheads Face a Tough Weekend

MacKinnon has lead the Mooseheads offence so far this season.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

The Halifax Mooseheads have been rolling along the last five games, putting together a win streak that the Moose faithful have been craving for years.

This weekend the young Herd face a tough test when they welcome the Saint John Sea Dogs to town on Friday night and Patrick Roy’s Quebec Remparts Saturday.

Friday night is Pink in the Rink at the Metro Center and while the Mooseheads hold a losing record when the ice is tinted pink, they will be hoping to get a big win over Jonathan Huberdeau and company.

Both teams are enjoying success early on and the Mooseheads have been riding a scoring tandem of Nathan MacKinnon and Darcy Ashley.

Zack Phillips and Danick Gauthier have lead the way for the Sea Dogs as they chase a second successive Memorial Cup, the return of Jonathan Huberdeau  adds even more depths to the champions and the Florida Panther prospect already has 8 points in just 5 games.

On Saturday, the Quebec Remparts come to town and the Mooseheads will get to see highly touted Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko in action. The 2nd overall pick in this years CHL import draft, Grigorenko has been as advertised and leads his team with 21 points.

Saturday will also give the Mooseheads a chance to see Adam Erne in action, the young American forward was drafted by the Mooseheads and sent to Quebec in a trade that helped put together the MacKinnon trade.

Henry is a writer for and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Ashley Leads Mooseheads over Wildcats

Darcy Ashley scored four goals in a 7-1 blowout

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

It took four goals by Darcy Ashley, but the Halifax Mooseheads finally got the best of the Moncton Wildcats the way of a 7-1 win.

Losers of the last 8 home games against the Wildcats, the Mooseheads rode a 12-point night from their top line and picked up a big win.

Despite taking a number of penalties in the first, the Moose took a 2-1 lead into the second period.

Ashley took over the game in the second frame, scoring a shorthanded goal and a powerplay goal, while Nathan MacKinnon added his third of the season.

Ahead 5-1 heading into the third, Ashley added his fourth goal and seventh of the season before Captain Cameron Critchlow added the finishing touches while on the man advantage.

With a blowout score, the final frame turned into a choppy affair and it was four goal scorer Ashley who dropped the gloves with Scott Trask midway through the period. Trask got the better of Ashley but the the crowd sounded their approval as the Summerside, PEI native left the penalty box.

At the end of the game Patrick Delisle-Houde threw a hit after the final whistle on Brent Andrews and the Halifax forward was quick to drop his gloves, while Sawyer Hannay pair off with Ryan Penny.

A big win for the Mooseheads should give the young Herd confidence heading into Sunday’s Thanksgiving game against the high-flying Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, however, the team may be without defenceman Steve Gillard who left the game due to an eye injury.

Henry is a contributor to and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Morning at 11. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game