HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads might be mastering the art of the blowout.
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Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin.
A day after an 8-1 dismantling of the Rimouski Oceanic, the Herd turned around and laid another sound 9-1 beating on the Bathurst Titan before 1,914 fans at the Centre r√©gional K.C. Irving on Sunday.
And, it wasn‚Äôt just the Mooseheads‚Äô star players who carried the scoring load. Nine different players tallied, seven of which earned multi-point afternoons.
‚ÄúWe played our way,‚ÄĚ said head coach Dominique Ducharme. ‚ÄúEveryone was well involved with and without the puck, and I thought we had a solid week.‚ÄĚ
Indeed. The Mooseheads are 3-0 since the return of forward Jonathan Drouin and netminder Zach Fucale in Wednesday‚Äôs game against the Charlottetown Islander, outscoring the opposition 22-3.
It didn‚Äôt take long for the Mooseheads to start Sunday‚Äôs goal fest. Drouin opened the scoring 1:26 into the contest, and the Mooseheads would fire three more past Jacob Brennan before he got the hook at the end of the opening frame. They would one more in the second, and another three in the final frame.
For the second straight game Drouin notched four points, including a goal and three helpers to lead the way for the Mooseheads. Darcy Ashley and Luca Ciampini scored once and added a pair of assists. Danny Moynihan, Philippe Gadoury and Matt Murphy picked up a goal and an assist. Brandon Vuic scored his first QMJHL goal, while Brent Andrews and Nikolaj Ehlers rounded out the scoring for the Herd.
Pleased but not wholly satisfied by his team‚Äôs weekend performance, Ducharme said there‚Äôs still plenty of room for improvement
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to get satisfied; we want to be playing better and polish our game. There are always little details. We want to be executing even better; we want to be faster; we want to be giving even less.
‚ÄúBut it‚Äôs nice to see that everyone has had a good week.‚ÄĚ
With the win, the Mooseheads (30-16-0-1) move into a tie for third place with the Oceanic and three points behind the league leading Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
The Herd hits the road to take on the Saint John Sea Dogs on Tuesday.
Simon Fortier responded for the Titan.