Nathan MacKinnon

Moose Talk Monday

The reaction to MacKinnon's 4th goal, after a review.

(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?

Erasing History

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.

Drouin Watch

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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Henry is a writer for  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 Split Weekend, Beat Remparts




Grenier was named first star and scored the OT winner

(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  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.








MacKinnon heading to the Herd?

Nathan MacKinnon a Moosehead?

As first reported by RDS reporter Stephane Leroux, the Halifax Mooseheads are on the brink of the blockbuster trade of the season; one that hasn’t even started yet.

The world of Twitter exploded after the rumours started and the prospect of landing ‘The Next Sidney Crosby’ has set Moose Country on fire.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar, the team that picked MacKinnon first overall in this years QMJHL entry draft, announced a press conference for Wednesday.

If the reports are true, it would appear that a package of picks and players will go to the Drakkar while the Mooseheads will have a Franchise player that will go a long way to massage the wounds fans have suffered over the last three years.

The trade would be the second big move that the Mooseheads have pulled off in the last year, successfully bringing young Czech forward Marty Frk to Moose Country last summer.

Henry is a contributor to 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.