By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads have their first home win of the season, though it didn’t come easy.
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Halifax Mooseheads' Jesse Lussier gets the puck past Acadie-Bathurst Titan's Robert Pelletier during QMJHL action at the Metro Centre on Wednesday.
But, in the end, the Herd were able to withstand a resilient Bathurst Titan squad for a 5-3 victory before 6, 070 fans at the Metro Centre on Wednesday night.
“I loved how we stuck to the plan tonight,” said Mooseheads captain Trey Lewis, who scored his first goal of the season, a shorthanded marker, in the contest. “You could tell with our neutral zone forecheck, and D zone we were sticking to the game plan that (coach) Dom (Ducharme) laid out.”
Though badly outshot, Bathurst was able to hang around all game long. After clawing their way back from a 2-0 hole to tie the contest early in the final frame, the Titan found the equalizer once more moments after Lewis scored to give the Herd a short-lived lead.
But the Mooseheads kept pressing.
Timo Meier gave the Herd a 4-3 lead with his first goal of the season and MacKenzie Weegar would put the contest out of reach.
“We needed that to seal the deal tonight,” said Weegar. “I thought we definitely deserved to win; we outshot them by a good amount. We’re coached not to sit back and to keep pushing no matter what the score is. That’s what we did tonight.” The Mooseheads (2-3) are back in action against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at the Metro Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Lewis is hoping Wednesday’s victory is the start of a new beginning for the Herd.
“We definitely want to turn things around here,” said Lewis. “Now we have all our guys back in the lineup. We really want to turn the corner here and come together as a team.”
Brent Andrews led the Mooseheads with a goal and two assists while Matt Murphy tallied once to round out the scoring for the Herd. Rafael Lafontaine replied with a pair of goals and Alexandros Soumakis also scored for Bathurst.