Give us a break Bobby

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

With the Halifax Mooseheads down 3 games to none against the nationally fourth ranked Montreal Juniors, it’s safe to say the writing is on the wall for this season and probably was before the Moose limped into the playoffs.

That being said, it’s not enough to just mail in these games and the Mooseheads showed for three periods that they were willing to work against all the odds.

It’s a shame then that their head coach let them down in the final few minutes and showed once again why this franchise can’t move forward without the right personal behind the bench.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Captain Travis Randell rang a hard shot off the crossbar before Luca Ciampini was then denied seconds later.

Whether the Randell shot went in or not, it was clear when the play was stopped that the Mooseheads were both exhausted and emotionally spent. Charles Bety had his head hung low and the players on the bench were slumped over, knowing that they had missed stealing this game by a matter of inches.

With no review called on the play, Smith had one responsibility and that was to call a timeout and regroup his players, making sure they had their heads on right and were ready for that last minute and a half.

Instead of doing what a Head Coach should do, Smith adjusted his tie and the game moved on and with momentum swung the other way Trevor Parkes raced down the ice and scored the game winner seconds later.

While it is impossible to tell whether the Mooseheads would have won, it’s up to the coaching staff to make the right decisions and do their jobs.

The boys on the ice played one of their best complete games of the season only to be let down inexperienced coach.

With one, maybe two games left for this year, let’s hope that Bobby is done with his little experiment and gets someone with experience to lead this team next year.

Hopefully much deeper into the playoffs.


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.