Moose Run Streak to Four

Nathan MacKinnon leads the Halifax Mooseheads to a 5-3 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

First star is becoming pretty commonplace for Nathan MacKinnon (photo credit: Richard Lafortune)

The young Moosehead team is beginning to learn its lessons. First it was learning to win. Then learning to string together victories, which they have now done with four straight. Thursday night, it was how to get through early struggles and inconsistency to pull out a win.

It was a sloppy first period by the Mooseheads. They are very fortunate to get out of it tied at two. An early penalty led to a Blainville-Boisbriand Armada powerplay goal from Jonathan Narbonne. Marc-Olivier Roy made it 2-0 for the Armada before the halfway point of the first period.

Darcy Ashley notched his team leading eighth of the year to get Halifax on the board on a weak shot from just inside the blueline. Armada netminder Charlie appeared to get fooled on the shot as it possibly took a deflection of a defender.

Halifax was given a golden opportunity to get the game back to even when the Armada were assessed two penalties on the same shift. The Moose were unable to capitalize on the two minute 5 on 3, but shortly after Alexandre Grenier rushed the full 200 feet like a man possessed before managing to feed it back to Trey Lewis, whose first of the year made it 2-2 going to the first intermission.

Instead of the late tying goal helping to swing momentum, the early second was characterized by more disorganized play in the defensive zone and led to the Armada taking the lead again. A nice penalty kill made it seem Halifax might be building toward something. They had the chance to capitalize on a powerplay, but were unable to get anything set up.

The third looked entirely different. The Mooseheads came out and got goals from Cameron Critchlow and Alexandre Cote :15 seconds apart early in the third to take the their first lead of the night. Nathan MacKinnon salted the win away later in the third, when as a Moose powerplay expired, he had the puck knocked off his stick, but he stole it back, moved into the slot and put it home.

MacKinnon seemed to make a point of playing the body in the third. He had a number of big hits in the span of a couple shifts.

The Mooseheads will have chance to extend their four-game winning streak with the next three games at home, including the next game against the Drummondville Volitgeurs on Saturday. The other match-ups will be good measuring sticks as they’ll welcome the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Quebec Rempart to close out the home-stand.

Three Stars:

Nathan MacKinnon

Cameron Critchlow

Konrad Abeltshauser


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