Losing streak hits seven as Moose waste opportunity to win
The Halifax Mooseheads had pride at stake after losing their last two games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles by a total of 10 – 2, but let the game slip away tonight losing 2 – 0.
Peter Delmas got his first start for the Mooseheads and played extremely well, with both Cape Breton goals coming from breakdowns by the Halifax defence. Outshooting their opponents 31 – 25, the Moose piled on pressure for much of the game and were unfortunate to walk away without any points.
The Herd came out hard and showed much more spark in their second game in as many nights but just couldn’t solve goalie Olivier Roy. Cape Breton broke the deadlock on the power play when Victor Hertzberg broke in on net and snapped the puck past Delmas for his 15th goal of the season.
A long dump in on Roy caused some controversy as he failed to cover the puck and Gerrad Grant put it in the back of the net, but the Ref was quick on the whistle and had already blown the play dead. Andrew Wigginton was the next Moosehead to have a chance as he broke in on a 2 on 1, opting to pass to Carl Gélinas who shot wide.
The Mooseheads had the run of the play in the third period and Gabriel Desjardins had the two best chances for the Moose as he narrowly missed two golden opportunities.
Charles Bety, in his first game back from suspension, took a late penalty but the Mooseheads killed it off. As Bety came back on the ice, another defensive breakdown saw Delmas left out to dry, with Hertzberg breaking in on net and slipping the puck in for his second goal of the night.
Dylan McGuigan had another physical night and Desjardins played in what may have been his best game of the season, looking dangerous all night and being rewarded with extra ice-time for his solid play.
Announced attendance was 6,735.
Fans can be happy with their team competing with one of the best in the league but will be
disappointed that the Moose wasted a chance to pick up some points.
3rd – Peter Delmas (HAL) – Played well in his first start for the Moose stopping 23 shots
2nd – Olivier Roy (CB) – Earned his 11th career shutout stopping 31 shots on the night
1st – Victor Hertzberg (CB) – Led his team with a two goal effort
The Mooseheads have no time to rest as they head off to Moncton to play the Wildcats tomorrow afternoon for their third game in three nights.
Henry Whitfield is an avid hockey enthusiast who covers all angles of the Halifax Mooseheads. Follow him on Twitter @HenryWhitfield for live game updates.