(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 Sportstream.ca 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.