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Red hot Hischier leads Moose over Isles

Halifax, Mooseheads

The Mooseheads are getting the knack for putting together some emphatic third periods. One night after scoring four times in the final period against Sherbrooke, the Herd did it again on Saturday to rally back and win 7-4 over the Charlottetown Islanders at Scotiabank Centre.

The top line for the Mooseheads continued to pile up the points as Nico Hischier tallied a hat trick and added an assist while Max Fortier scored once and added a trio of helpers to take over the QMJHL scoring lead with 35 points. Hischier is just one back with 34.

Halifax has improved to 11-10 to leapfrog over Cape Breton for third place in the Maritimes Division standings with 22 points, three behind second place Charlottetown. The Herd are now the fifth highest scoring team in the league with 83 goals this season.

It was a tale of two games for Halifax who led 3-1 after the 1st period but were drastically out played in the second period, getting outshot 15-2, and found themselves down 4-3 heading into the third.

“We stopped playing our game in the second so we wanted to bounce back and we did it so we’re happy with the result,” Fortier said.

Former Mooseheads defenceman Cody Donaghey scored two power play goals just over four minutes apart while Pascal Aquin also found the net in the second period to briefly give the Islanders the lead.

Halifax jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early going as each member of the top line found the net starting with Connor Moynihan on the power play 2:43 into the contest. Fortier made it 2-0 on a shorthanded breakaway and Hischier extended the lead to three goals when he scored on the man advantage at 11:56. Jake Coughler got one back for the Isles before the end of the period.

Two straight from Hischier in the final 2 minutes along with markers from Anthony Sorrentino and Cooper Jones gave the club it’s second straight four-goal third period in as many nights and the Moose dominated the end of the game. Fortier didn’t want to make to big of a fuss about the 16 goals in two games.

“I think we’re just playing well together and everyone’s getting on the same page and the results are there.”

For Hischier, the rookie from Switzerland is quickly making a name for himself around the league and the entire CHL for that matter. He has 21 points in his last eight games and has been kept busy talking to numerous NHL scouts after the game lately but isn’t letting that distract him from his focus.

“It’s nice but I still have to keep working and practicing everyday.”

As for the firepower that his line has developed, Hischier is pleased.

“I think we have good chemistry now and we know each other well. It’s getting better every game and I think you can see it out there.”

Alex Gravel quietly had a very good night between the pipes for the Mooseheads with 40 saves to earn his sixth win of the season.

The Mooseheads will travel to Moncton next Friday before returning home to face the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday, November 20th at 2pm.

**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.**

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