(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)
By: Henry Whitfield
Another edition of Moose Talk Monday and the Halifax Mooseheads just keep on rolling.
Gabriel Desjardins took over Friday night’s battle with the Gatineau Olympiques, playing the best game of his QMJHL career, scoring a natural hat-trick during the second period in the process.
Not to be outdone, Cole Harbour native Nathan MacKinnon stole the spotlight bringing his team back from a two goal deficit against the high-flying Quebec Remparts, scoring 5 goals on the night and becoming the first rookie to score that many goals in a game in almost a decade in the QMJHL.
To top the display off, MacKinnon scored four of those goal on Louis Domingue, one of the goalies invited to Canada’s World Junior camp, ironic after he was snubbed last week by the very same selection committee.
The MacKinnon Factor
Less than a week after a snub from Canada’s World Junior Hockey Camp, in a game against the nationally ranked Quebec Remparts and with a one-on-one battle against fellow standout rookie Mikhail Grigorenko and Nathan MacKinnon not only stole the spotlight, he grabbed it and sprinted away far into the distance with it.
During a night that many in Moose Country will remember for a very long time, MacKinnon scored five highlight reel goals and finally gave Mooseheads faithful something to cheer about.
Three long, hard years were made so much easier as MacKinnon scored goal after goal and then iced the game with an empty netter after dancing around a number of Remparts players.
The fans immediately stood, giving the 16-year old rookie a standing ovation that lasted for the last minute of the game.
Only one question was left unanswered after the game: How did this kid not get an invite to Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp?
Picking up their 19th win over the season against the Remparts, the Mooseheads have now tied their total wins from the 2008/09 season and with one more will tie how many they had in 2010/11.
With 39 games left, the Franchise record of 46 wins set in the 1998/99 season is a target that the team may have in its sights come March. Currently with a winning percentage of .707, staying on that path the Mooseheads would finish with 27 more wins, finishing with 46.
With players still to return to the lineup from injury and last season’s top returning scorer yet to hit the ice, that record could very well be broken.
Everyone is getting tired of the Drouin Saga, who missed games recently due to a groin injury, but we were able to debunk the photo that ran of the stick rack from a few weeks ago.
The reason that Drouin’s stick is present is due to the fact they were ordered pre-training camp and our very own #27 Brad Cuzner has been using the stick.
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