Big Road Trip Ahead
Your Halifax Mooseheads (29-11-7-1) have picked up points in eight consecutive games and have widened the gap atop of the Maritimes Division standings to six points ahead of the Moncton Wildcats. The Herd are now set to head out for a three-game swing in Quebec for what will be as difficult of a road trip as any this season. The Mooseheads will be without the services of forward Peter Reynolds who remains out week-to-week with an upper body injury that was suffered last Friday against the Islanders. Jordan Dumais is still about five weeks away from returning following surgery on January 19th.
Thursday @ Victoriaville – 8pm AST
Halifax opens the busy three-games-in-three-days schedule against the Tigres. Victoriaville (29-13-3-0) is fifth overall in the QMJHL and second in the Central Division standings. They have six players with more than 40 points, including leading scorer Tommy Cormier with 62. Halifax native Joey Henneberry was a major deadline addition from the Titan and has been a force with 15 points in nine games with his new club. Victoriaville also traded for superstar defenceman Tristan Luneau who has yet to join his hometown team following a knee infection that occurred while in Sweden with Team Canada. He was unable to participate in the World Juniors as a result.
Previous meeting – The Mooseheads defeated Victoriaville 5-3 on October 6th at Scotiabank Centre for the first home-ice victory of the season.
Friday @ Drummondville – 8pm AST
Perhaps the biggest test of the second half of the season will be this game against the red hot Voltigeurs. Drummondville (31-9-4-1) is the hottest team in the QMJHL right now and have 13 wins and one overtime loss in their last 14 games to surge up the standings. The Volts lead the Central Division and the Western Conference and are second in the overall Q standings. They made the biggest splash at the deadline, making five trades to bring in veteran players – most notably forward Alexis Gendron. They have an extremely potent offensive attack with 200 goals scored. Only Baie-Comeau has more with 210.
Previous meeting – The Mooseheads defeated Drummondville 4-3 on December 7th at Scotiabank Centre when Markus Vidicek buried the game-winner with 2:05 remaining in regulation.
Saturday @ Shawinigan – 5pm AST
It will be a homecoming for Lou-Felix Denis and Jan Sprynar as they return to Shawinigan for the first time since being acquired from the Cataractes on the final day of the QMJHL trading period. Shawinigan (20-23-2-1) is technically the weakest team that Halifax will face on the trip, but nothing is easy at the end of three-games-in-three days on the road. Reece Peitzsche will also be playing in his first game against his former team. The former Mooseheads forward has picked up five points in eight games with the Cataractes.
Previous meeting – The Mooseheads beat Shawinigan 4-1 on November 11th at Scotiabank Centre when David Moravec had a career-high three assists and Jack Milner made 24 saves on 25 shots.