HALIFAX - In the end, it was the Halifax Mooseheadsâ unheralded rookie who was the difference maker on Saturday night.
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Halifax Mooseheads forward Philippe Gadoury has five goals in seven games with the Herd.
After the Herd lost its top line forward Philippe Gadoury to a vicious second period hit, Timo Meier led the charge with a goal and a pair of assists in the Mooseheadsâ come from behind 4-2 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, earning their seventh straight win before 10,311 fans at the Metro Centre.
âWe stood together,â said Meier about his squadâs response to the loss of Gadoury. âItâs our job to stay focused. That was a good test for the playoffs. We did it with a team effort.â
It looked like Meier and Co. couldnât catch a break early on. With the Herd already down 1-0, Gadoury was knocked out of the game early in the second frame by Justin Hache, who was slapped with a game misconduct.
The Mooseheads appeared in even more trouble with Darcy Ashley, another top line forward, sitting for 17 minutes after dropping the gloves with Hache.
But, all that seemed to spark the Mooseheads, who scored a pair of goals to end the frame with a one-goal lead.
After Cape Breton tied the tilt early in the third, the Mooseheads responded four minutes later when Meier streaked up the wing, sliding a perfect pass to rookie Andrew Shewfelt, who made no mistake. Meier would add another for good measure to put the contest on ice.
For the Swiss native, his performance was simply a product of perseverance.
âItâs not always easy in my rookie season. Our line tried to work as hard as possible, making easy, simple plays. We finally were rewarded because we kept on working.
âAs a rookie you have to give your best all the time, playing simple and making the best of every chance you get. Thatâs what happened.â
Gadoury, who will be evaluated by a doctor on Sunday, appeared OK after the win, apart from a few scratches and some swelling on his right cheek.
He said he was knocked out by the hit, but heâs hoping heâs healthy enough to return for the Mooseheadsâ next game on Thursday versus the Quebec Remparts on the road.
âI think it wasnât necessary, but things happen,â said Gadoury, who has five goals in seven games with the Herd, of the hit. âI didnât see the guy coming and was hit in the head.
âBut I feel pretty good; I did some tests already and they came out OK.â
Improving to 33-16-0-1, the Mooseheads remain tied with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for second place in league standings, just a point behind No. 1 Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Brent Andrews and Brendan Duke rounded out the scoring for the Mooseheads, while Loik Leveille and Kyle Ferrell responded for Cape Breton.
Zach Fucale made 21 saves for his league leading 25th victory.