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Mooseheads Roundup

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Rebounding from a 3 – 0 shutout at Moncton last weekend, the Mooseheads came back and beat both Victoriaville and Chicoutimi over the weekend.

An offensive explosion on Friday night saw the Moose smash the Chicoutimi Sagauneens 7 – 1, Nathan MacKinnon and Marty Frk leading the charge combining for 7 points between them.

While in the Sunday afternoon game, the Mooseheads struggled but eventually overcame a tough Victoriaville Tigres team, where they walked out 3 – 2 winners after a late Stefan Fournier goal sealed the win on the power-play.

Two more wins for goaltender Zachary Fucale means the goalie is the quickest to reach 50 wins in the history of the QMJHL and gives the Quebec native 19 wins in just 23 games this season.

Frktastic November

Marty Frk lead the team with 9 goals and 12 assists, while MacKinnon and Drouin combined for just 9 goals between them in the month.

Sure, Frk has been red-hot since returning from injury and his 12 goals and 23 assists have him on pace to smash his career highs of 22 goals and 28 assists from his rookie campaign.

But despite the great numbers, he has continued to rack up penalty minutes this year and already has 52 after just 25 games, including six minor penalties in his last two games.

Sunday’s game saw the culmination of his penalty trend, ending up in the box four times and resulted in being sat down for much of the third period.

Frk is a huge asset to the team when he’s on his game, but his temper and lack of discipline continues to be a liability and here’s hoping he gets it under control before the post-season.

Mooseheads Stars of the Week

Nathan MacKinnon (2 goals, 2 assists +3) – MacKinnon is the star of this team and continues to shine, he’s a human highlight real and continues to impress.

Marty Frk (1 goal, 3 assists, +3) – Played a great game Friday night, but turned all Jekyll and Hyde with no points and four penalties on Sunday. He needs to find consistency, but his play is improving.

Zachary Fucale (2 Wins, 54 Saves) – He became the quickest goalie in QMJHL history to 50 wins and continues to rack up the wins, he’s becoming a bonafide stud in the blue ice.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the The Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

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Mooseheads crush Sagueneens

552681_10151567080220166_784507314_nComing off a 3 – 0 shutout in their last game, the Halifax Mooseheads rebooted their engines and powered past the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7 – 1, routing the visitors from Quebec in front of a packed crowd.

Nathan MacKinnon had a three point night, including two goals, while Marty Frk had a goal and three assists. Fellow standout Jonathan Drouin had a quiet night by his standards, picking up a lone assist but still finishing with a +3.

MacKinnon opened the scoring early, before Frk doubled the lead to take a 2 – 0 lead after the first period. Despite the early lead, the Moose were outshot 15 – 5 in the opening frame, eventually outshooting the Chicoutimim 29 to 28 on the night.

The Sagueneens looked to make a game of it in the second period, Guillaume Asselin scored early on the powerplay but a freak goal by Mathew Boudreau off an open bench door put the Mooseheads up 3 – 1 and the hometown team never looked back.

Trey Lewis, Ryan Falkenham and Ciampini all added goals, while MacKinnon scored a sumptuous breakaway goal to put the icing on the cake late in the 3rd period.

The game also saw Zachary Fucale become the fastest goalie to reach 50 wins in the history of the QMJHL, a big achievement for the Mooseheads rock, and a big boost in his draft year.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the The Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Marvelous Mooseheads take 2-0 Series Lead

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

Despite going into their first round matchup with the Moncton Wildcats as favourites, the Halifax Mooseheads had a lot to prove with a talented roster and almost four years since their last win in the playoffs.

The Mooseheads rose to the occasion on the weekend, sweeping the first two games with a combined score of 9-2, riding strong performances from Zachary Fucale to dominate the scoreboard. Fucale stopped 45 of 47 shots faced on the weekend, coming up with the big saves when the Mooseheads needed them.

Halifax fell behind early in the Game 1, with James Melindy scoring on the powerplay, but the Herd tied it up when Nathan MacKinnon scored a highlight reel goal late in the period.

Unable to match the intensity of the Mooseheads, Moncton gave up four more unanswered goals and took 5 straight penalties in the third period on the way to a  5-1 Mooseheads win.

The only setback was a suspension to Konrad Abeltshauser, handed two games for a hit where no penalty was called, which seemed to galvanize the team, who stormed out to a 2-goal lead in less than a minute to start Game 2.

Martin Frk and Alex Grenier combined for the two goals before most of the crowd had even found it’s seat, while Cameron Critchlow added the third goal midway through the third period.

MacKinnon once again stole the show with another brilliant goal, hauled down on the breakaway the Cole Harbour native beat Roman Will on a penalty shot and ignited the nearly 8,000 fans in attendance.

Melindy would later ruin Fucale’s shutout, but that wouldn’t damper the mood as the Mooseheads skated to a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.

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The Numbers

Alex Grenier  – 1 goal, 2 assists

Nathan MacKinnon – 3 goals, 1assist

Martin Frk – 3 goals, 1 assist

Zachary Fucale – 45 Saves, 1.00 GAA, 0.957 SV%

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The series now heads back to Moncton, where the teams will play back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday, if needed game five will be played Friday in Halifax.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

MooseTalk Monday

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By: Henry Whitfield

After stumbling into 2012 with back-to-back losses, the Halifax Mooseheads got back to basics this week and picked up two wins, despite a tough loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Here’s what happened over the weekend.

Mooseheads 6 – 2 Voltigeurs: Opening a three game stretch over the weekend, the Moose rode strong goaltending from Zachary Fucale and dominated visiting Drummondville. With members of the Toronto Blue Jays in attendance, Alexandre Grenier lead the way with 2 goals and an assist, while 2nd overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin scored his first career QMJHL goal.

Moosehead of the Game: Alexandre Grenier

Play of the Game: Scoring his first QMJHL goal and the eventual game winner, Jonathan Drouin took a pass from Grenier and snapped it past the Voltigeurs goalie.

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Mooseheads 4 – 7 Sagueneens: On a night that the whole nation was watching, the Halifax Mooseheads failed to show up and were outplayed for a full 60 minutes.

The Sags dominated through three periods, out shooting the Herd 50-25 and running away with a 7-4 win. A lack of discipline cost the home team, racking up 43 penalty minutes and giving up two powerplay goals.

Moosehead of the Game: Alexandre Grenier

Play of the Game: Opening the scoring, Marty Frk combined with Trey Lewis for a tic-tac-toe play that the Czech forward snapped home and ignited the 6,385 fans in attendance.

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Mooseheads 6 – 4 Screaming Eagles: Bouncing back from a tough game, the Mooseheads had six difference scorers in a game that they trailed 4-3 at the end of the second period.

Goals by Marty Frk, Brad Cuzner and Travis Randell in the third period gave the Moose the win, while Grenier added his fourth goal in three games.

Moosehead of the Game: Marty Frk

Play of the Game: Tying up the game early in the third period, Frk blew past two defenders and snapped home an important goal.

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Coming Up

The Mooseheads head back into action Friday night, they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on their annual Teddy Bear Toss night before heading to Saint John to play the Memorial Cup Champions on Saturday night.

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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.

Tough Weekend Ahead for Herd

Desjardins may help fill the void left by injuries

With the biggest concussion story in hockey coming to an abrupt end Monday night, the injury depleted Mooseheads are still battling a few concussion problems of their own.

On their recent  trip to Quebec, the Mooseheads picked up four out of six possible points in just three nights, however, many are wondering whether or not the high number of injuries will slow down the Moose.

An injury depleted Herd face a tough weekend ahead, playing three games in four days and will have to do it without a number of key players in the lineup.

Both Martin Frk and Anthony Terenzio are at least a few weeks away from a chance back in the lineup, while Steve Gillard, Trey Lewis and Darcy Ashley have been experiencing ‘concussion like’ symptoms.

Ashley, the teams second in scoring, leaves fans hoping the return of Andrew Ryan will help fill the void. Ryan returned last after missing 22 games with a broken Ankle and picked up his first goal and assist of the season.

After hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Thursday, they play Lower Sackville native Ben Duffy and the PEI Rockets the next night, before scurrying off to Moncton for a 4pm puck drop on Sunday.

All three teams are behind them in the rankings, with the PEI Rockets currently sitting at the bottom of the QMJHL with just six wins this season.

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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.

Moose Talk Monday

Fucale has carried a heavy workload so far in Halifax.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

MooseTalk Monday

Weekend Recap

A busy weekend saw the young Herd playing three games in three nights, Drummondville Friday, Quebec Saturday and Rimouski on Sunday.

After digging deep to beat Drummondville Friday, the Moose were rolled over Saturday against the Remparts, losing 6-1 in a game that saw the Quebec team dominate from start to finish.

Sunday the Mooseheads responded with a big effort, scrapping together a 2-1 win over the Rimouski, a game that saw Andrew Ryan score his first goal of the season after breaking his ankle in training camp.

The Mooseheads had five different scorers over the weekend, with Ryan making an instant impact in his return to the lineup. The second-year forward, a former 19th overall pick in the QMJHL draft, was a -1 over the weekend.

Nathan MacKinnon failed to hit the back of the net all weekend, but chipped in three assists and now trails Mikhail Grigorenko by six points in the Rookie scoring race and sits 13th overall in the Q.

Zachary Fucale started all three games, but was pulled for the final 12-minutes against the Remparts. Fucale stopped 84 shots over the weekend, picking up his 10th win over the season over Rimouski on Sunday.

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Injury Update

Martin Frk [F] – Concussion

Trey Lewis [D] – Concussion*

Steve Gillard [D]  – Concussion*

Darcy Ashley [F]  – Concussion*

Anthony Terenzio [G] – Concussion

*Concussion like symptoms

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Team Leaders

Goals – MacKinnon (12)

Assists – MacKinnon (23)

+/- – Desmond (+9)

PIM – Hannay (47)

Shots – MacKinnon (84)

Faceoffs – Andrews (59%)

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The Halifax Mooseheads sit 6th in the QMJHL and hold a 15-7-1-1 record, but have played the least amount of games of all QMJHL teams with just 24. Their next game is Thursday night, when they host provincial rival Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

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.

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 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.