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Travel woes lead to weekend off for the Mooseheads

With tonight's game postponed, the Moose don't play again until Tuesday when the Islanders come to town
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It's a snow day in Moose Country.

Thanks to the circus coming to town and taking over the Scotiabank Centre this weekend, the Mooseheads' schedule was already light with just one game on the docket. Now the club has the night off as a result of this November snowstorm.

The Mooseheads were set to take on the lowly Saint John Sea Dogs (2-17-2-1), the QMJHL's worst team, at 7 p.m. this evening at the Scotiabank Centre but the contest has been postponed until Feb. 12.

With CIBC Canada Russia Series games taking place in Sherbrooke and Drummondville on Tuesday and Thursday, it has been a quiet week on the Q calendar but not for a half dozen members of the Herd.

The Mooseheads were the most well-represented Q club on Team QMJHL as Antoine Morand, Jared McIsaac, Benoit Olivier "Bo" Groulx, Raphael Lavoie, Justin Barron, and Jocktan Chainey all suited-up for the squad.

But the six players were unable to travel back to Halifax today as a result of the inclement weather and that has forced the postponing of the team's 22nd game of the 2018-19 season.

Team Russia defeated Team QMJHL 5-1 on Tuesday night and 3-2 in overtime last night to win the series that also included a pair of games against both Team WHL and Team OHL.

Mooseheads' captain Antoine Morand, who has nine goals and 14 assists in 23 games this season for the Herd, opened the scoring for Team QMJHL in Drummondville on Thursday evening.

Sophomore blue liner and Halifax native Justin Barron, who drew a lot of praise this week despite the fact that he is not NHL Draft-eligible until 2020, picked up a helper on the goal.

The Mooseheads haven't played since last Saturday when they thumped the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 9-0 at the Scotiabank Centre.

It was an impressive night for the third line of Marcel Barinka, Ostap Safin and Samuel Asselin who combined for 11 points.

Asselin now leads the team in scoring with 26 points on the year.

Rookie Cole McLaren (5-0-0-0, .942 SV%, 2.09 GAA) made 29 saves to earn his fifth win and second shutout of the season.

The Mooseheads are off until Tuesday night when the Charlottetown Islanders come to town.

HALIFAX (16-4-1-0) vs CHARLOTTETOWN (13-7-1-0), Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NEWS 95.7

Halifax is a perfect 2-0 against the Islanders so far this season.

The Moose defeated the PEI club 3-2 on Sept. 22 and 8-2 on Oct. 11. Both games were played in Charlottetown.

Much like they did after a sluggish start last season, the Islanders are turning things around again. They have posted a 10-2 record since last month's 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Herd.

Daniel Hardie, who was acquired by the team from Saint John during last year's trade period, has been leading the way for Charlottetown. He has 23 points in his last 12 games.

Halifax native Matt Welsh (10-6-0-0, .889 SV%, 3.50 GAA) is 7-2 in his last nine starts in goal for the Isles. 

The puck drops at 7 p.m. on NEWS 95.7. 

Join us for the Burrito Jax Pre-Game Show at 6:30 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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