(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 Sportstream.ca 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