HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads’ offence woke up on Tuesday.
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Halifax Mooseheads Andrew Shewfelt, left, lands a check on Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Matthew Donnelly during QMJHL action at the Halifax Metro Centre on Tuesday.
After a sluggish first two periods, the Mooseheads exploded for five goals in the final frame to top the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 7-3 before 6,157 fans at the Metro Centre.
Goals weren’t a problem on this night. Mooseheads defenceman Brendan Duke said it was somewhat of a relief to witness the onslaught, which included two shorthanded markers.
“Having Darcy (Ashley) back definitely helps too,” said Duke. “The lines just needed to gel. Now that they’ve done that the lines are playing well together.”
“We were a bit sluggish to start and they came to play. In the third period we realized that, and we came out hard. When we work nights like tonight are going to happen.”
Brent Andrews’ shorthanded marker in the second period gave the Mooseheads a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. The Herd were relentless from the start of the third period, and never let up.
Andrew Ryan led the Mooseheads with a pair of goals and an assist, while his linemates Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrews each had a goal and two helpers. Luca Ciampini and Ashley added a goal and an assist and Andrew Shewfelt rounded out the scoring for the Mooseheads. William Carrier, Cameron Darcy and Eric-Charles Legare responded with singles for Cape Breton.
With the win, the Mooseheads move two games over .500 (8-6), for the first time this season.
Mooseheads netminder Zach Fucale made 40 saves in the victory.
The Mooseheads No.1 goalie said he was impressed with the amount of resilience his team showed in the contest.
“I think we responded well after the first period,” said Fucale. “I think we had a lot of things not go our way. But we came back together. We had a better second. We kept getting better. We have to keep this game in mind as we move forward.”
For the third straight game the Mooseheads were without their star forward Jonathan Drouin, who’s listed as day to day with a groin injury.
Drouin said his injury is slowly healing but he couldn’t say when he might return to the lineup.
“I tried skating a couple of days ago, and there’s still some pain,” said Drouin. “It’s October, I’m not going to kill myself. I’ll wait till I feel perfect, then I’ll get back in the lineup and help the team win.”
The Mooseheads will welcome the Val-d’Or Foreurs at the Metro Centre on Friday at 7 p.m.