The Halifax Mooseheads and Acadie-Bathurst Titan clashed in one of the wackiest games witnessed at Scotiabank Centre in recent memory. In a game where it was literally “last shot wins” the Titan got a goal from Daniil Miromanov with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to take the slug fest 11-10 over Halifax.
“We need to help out our goalies. We’ve blown more than a couple leads this year and it’s a full team effort,” Jared McIsaac said outside a sombre Mooseheads locker room.
It appeared that overtime would be needed when the Mooseheads tied the game on a goal from Max Fortier only 27 seconds prior to the Miromanov tally. He was awarded his 13th of the season after a lengthy review to see if the puck was batted in with a high stick. Fortier had another outstanding game on the scoresheet with six points on two goals and four assists to increase his lead in the QMJHL scoring race with 42 points.
Halifax wound up surrendering five separate leads in the back and forth contest. The busy box score featured eight Bathurst players and seven Mooseheads with multi-point games.
“We’ve got to be a lot better obviously. I mean 11 goals is unacceptable and I take blame for a couple that happened,” said McIsaac.
The Halifax rookie defenceman scored twice and added an assist in an otherwise stellar night for him.
Captain Taylor Ford didn’t mince words after the game when addressing the media.
“We didn’t play very good. When you let in 11 goals you’re not going to win.”
It was a rough night for most of the goalies involved in the game. Kevin Resop took the loss after allowing eight goals on 28 shots. He entered at the start of the second period after Alex Gravel was pulled on a coach’s decision. Gravel allowed three goals on 15 shots. The Titan netminders didn’t fare much better as Francis Lavallee let in seven goals on 13 shots before giving way to Danil Timchenko who earned the win with 14 saves on 17 shots.
“The offense was there for sure but defence wins championships. We can score as many goals as we want but if you don’t play defence you’re not going to win,” Ford said.
The loss snapped a four game winning streak for Halifax. The team has scored 31 goals in its last four games. Nico Hischier is second to Fortier in QMJHL scoring with 39 points. He scored two goals and added an assist in the loss to Bathurst and the Mooseheads record drops to 12-11 overall which is two points better than the 10-11-1-1 Titan. The teams will meet in a rematch on Tuesday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
TITAN GOAL SCORERS: Christophe Boivin (2), Dawson Theede (2), Jeffrey Viel (2), Daniil Miromanov (2), Rodrigo Abols, Felix Boivin, Antoine Morand.
MOOSEHEADS GOAL SCORERS: Max Fortier (2), Nico Hischier (2), Jared McIsaac (2), Bradley Kennedy, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Anthony Sorrentino, Connor Moynihan.
-Otto Somppi recorded four assists.
-21 combined goals by the teams is five fewer than the CHL record set by Shawinigan and Sherbrooke in 1978.
-Fortier earned 1st star, Theede 2nd star and C. Boivin 3rd star
-Brett Crossley missed his second straight game with an upper body injury
-Walter Flower sat out with a lower body injury