The Halifax Mooseheads turned in a valiant effort in a losing cause on Sunday afternoon against one of the top teams in the QMJHL. Brandon Gignac had the lone goal and Mikhail Denisov made 28 saves to lead the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 1-0 shutout victory over the Mooseheads at Scotiabank Centre.
The Mooseheads had plenty of opportunities but it was one of those days where the bounces didn’t go in their favour, not to mention Denisov made some pretty spectacular stops at times. The Cataractes veteran defencemen didn’t give the Herd attackers much room to work with but the hard-working team still managed to out shoot the visitors 28-25, including four from Max Fortier who was able to come close on a few occasions.
“Overall it was a good game, we just need to put the puck in the net,” said Fortier.
Fortier had a hard shot that trickled through the crease in the third period as he came close to tying the score which surely would have resulted in a roar from the impressive 8,437 fans in attendance who did their best to help the Mooseheads in this game. Nearly all of them came out of their seats in the second period when a harmless looking high shot was flipped in from the blue line that Denisov whiffed on when trying to catch the puck and it floated over his head and off the crossbar.
The Cataractes goal came at the 2:11 mark of the second period as Gignac picked up his 17th of the season but Alex Gravel was otherwise unbeatable. The rookie goalie also made several incredible saves but was only slightly out-dueled by his counterpart Denisov. Defenceman Frederic Aube has been impressed with the Mooseheads’ young goalie.
“He shows up in big games just like he did tonight and I think he did a great job. He saved me a couple of times so I’ll have to thank him later on.”
Walter Flower was hit in the first period and was forced to leave the game with an upper body injury. He’ll be reevaluated this week. Jake Coughler, Keigan Goetz and Blade Mann-Dixon sat out with injuries again. Cole McLaren was the backup to Gravel for the second straight game.
Halifax’s next game is on the road Friday night in Acadie-Bathurst before returning to Scotiabank Centre to face the Charlottetown Islanders on Saturday at 7pm and they will also host Moncton on the Heritage Monday holiday at 3pm on February 20th. There are great deals available on Family Packs for the holiday game with 4 tickets for just $40 or 3 for $33, taxes included.
Tickets are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221.