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Mooseheads host two of the Q's top teams on home ice this weekend

The Drakkar and Voltigeurs visit the Scotiabank Centre during Maritime road trip
The Halifax Mooseheads celebrate their overtime win against the Charlottetown Islanders Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Centre (Garreth MacDonald for

After an exciting overtime finish on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Centre, the Mooseheads are back in action this weekend against two of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's top teams.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar visit Halifax on Saturday night while the Drummondville Voltigeurs make their only regular season stop in the province's capital on Sunday afternoon.

The Mooseheads are coming off a 4-3 OT victory over Charlottetown at home on Tuesday night.

Benoit-Olivier "Bo" Groulx ripped home the game-winning goal on the power play with just 67 seconds left in the extra frame as the Mooseheads picked up their seventeenth win of the season.

Due to last Friday's inclement weather that left half a dozen Mooseheads stranded in Quebec resulting in the postponement of the team's only game of the week, the Moose had ten days off between their 9-0 win over Bathurst on Nov. 10 and their match-up with Charlottetown.

After a good first period in which Jared McIsaac, Arnaud Durandeau and captain Antoine Morand found the back of the Islanders' net, the Herd were outshot 15-2 in the second stanza.

Groulx's thirteenth goal of the year -- and sixth power play goal in the last six games -- helped Halifax stave off the comeback.

He now has 27 points on the season and is tied for the team scoring lead with overager Samuel Asselin. Asselin picked up an assist on McIsaac's goal on Tuesday to extend his point streak to nine games.

Netminder Alex Gravel turned aside 33 shots to earn his Q-leading twelfth win of the 2018-19 campaign.

That trio will help lead the Mooseheads into a tough weekend of hockey on home ice at the Scotiabank Centre.

HALIFAX (17-4-1-0) vs BAIE-COMEAU (17-6-1-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. on NEWS 95.7

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar swing through town on Saturday night for the second and final regular season meeting between the two teams.

They last faced off on Oct. 6 at the Henry Leonard Centre when the Drakkar skated to 3-2 win thanks to a goal from Yaroslav Alexeyev with just 1:53 left in the third period.

Alex Gravel (12-4-1-0, .915 SV%, 2.81 GAA) was stellar in goal for the Herd, making 37 saves and earning first star honours.

The Drakkar are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night at Centre 200. Cape Breton's Mitchell Balmas potted a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in OT.

Gabriel Fortier, the younger brother of former Mooseheads captain Max Fortier, notched a goal and added a pair of assists in the loss. The Drakkar captain now has 11 points in his last five games.

He is third on the team in scoring behind San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich (20-22-42 in 24 GP) and the draft-eligible Nathan Légaré (17-19-36 in 25 GP).

The loss was the Drakkar's second-straight to a Maritimes Division club. Last Saturday, Baie-Comeau fell 5-4 to Moncton on home ice.

HALIFAX (17-4-1-0) vs DRUMMONDVILLE (15-6-1-0), Sunday at 3 p.m. on NEWS 95.7

On Sunday afternoon, the Mooseheads take on the Voltigeurs. If this game is anything like the last meeting between this pair, fans in Halifax should be in for an exciting affair.

Justin Barron scored the overtime winner back on Oct. 21 as the Moose held off a third period push from the Voltigeurs to pick up the two points. 

The Volts scored three goals in less than two and a half minutes in the third period to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime. 

It is a busy weekend for Drummondville. 

The team takes on Saint John tonight at Harbour Station before squaring off against the Wildcats in Moncton on Saturday night.

The Volts are led by Detroit Red Wings first rounder Joe Veleno. Veleno has 27 points in 20 games.

Dartmouth's Gregor MacLeod, an overage forward who was acquired from the Quebec Remparts earlier this season, is second on the team in scoring with 25 points.

The Volts currently sit atop the Central Division with a 15-6-1-0 record.

The puck drops at 3 p.m. on Sunday on NEWS 95.7. 

Join us for the Burrito Jax Pre-Game Show at 2:30 p.m.


Garreth MacDonald

About the Author: Garreth MacDonald

Garreth MacDonald is the play-by-play voice of the Halifax Mooseheads on NEWS 95.7. Aside from his role with NEWS 95.7, Garreth is also the communications director for Hockey Nova Scotia.
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