The Halifax Mooseheads face off with a pair of tough teams on the road this weekend with hopes of ending a five-game losing streak. The Moose find themselves in a heated battle for playoff positioning near the bottom of the standings with teams such as Val d’Or, Baie-Comeau, Rimouski, Drummondville and even Sherbrooke as the Phoenix try to climb their way into a playoff spot.
The Herd have been dealt a difficult schedule to end the season and it doesn’t get any easier when they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Friday night at 7pm at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. The Titan have been on a tear since bulking up at the trade deadline and boast a record of 18-5-2-1 since New Year’s Eve which includes three wins over the Mooseheads during that span.
This is the first of back to back games to close out the regular season road schedule for the Mooseheads. Halifax will visit the top ranked Saint John Sea Dogs for the third time in the past two weeks at 7pm on Saturday night at Harbour Station. The Dogs lead the league with 94 points this season and will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the streaking Charlottetown Islanders who will visit Saint John one night earlier.
Following the weekend road trip, the Mooseheads will return home to prepare for a trio of games at Scotiabank Centre to close out the schedule. Halifax entertains the Islanders on Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm before hosting Cape Breton for a St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 17th at 7pm. Fan appreciation day will be held on the final day of the regular season as the Mooseheads welcome the Sea Dogs on Saturday, March 18th at 4pm.
A number of players are closing in on some exciting career milestones with the Herd. Nico Hischier is two goals away from becoming the 13th player in team history to score at least 40 goals in a season. The only player to score 40 or more twice in his Halifax career is Jason King who had 48 in 2000-01 and 63 in 2001-02. Hischier also sits fifth in scoring by a rookie with his 82 points. He has a chance to pass both Petr Vrana (83 points) and Jakub Voracek (86 points) to move into third place.
Max Fortier is now 10th on the Mooseheads all-time scoring list with 191 points. He is three back from tying Jason Troini and seven behind both David Brine and Jason King.
Connor Moynihan is sitting on 239 career games in a Mooseheads uniform. Provided the big forward plays in all five remaining games he will surpass Darcy Ashley, Randy Upshall and Yuri Cheremetiev to move into eighth place in the franchise record books.
View some of the other Mooseheads’ franchise leaders here.
Even with only a handful of games to go in the regular season, it’s still unclear where the Mooseheads will end up when it’s all said and done. The team has been grinding out some excellent games against top tier opponents lately and one would think that if that trend continues they will be able to grab some crucial points in the standings sooner or later. With several other teams looking to accomplish the same feat, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for some good luck for our Mooseheads.
Tickets for all Mooseheads home games are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221