BATHURST - Philippe Gadoury finally made his return to the Halifax Mooseheads lineup, and showed no worse for wear on Sunday afternoon.
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Halifax Mooseheads forward Philippe Gadoury.
Sidelined with a concussion since Jan. 25, the 20-year-old forward scored a pair of goals to lead the Herd to a 6-0 victory over the Bathurst Titan before an audience of just 340 at Centre r√©gional K.C. Irving.
‚ÄúIt was good to have him back and see him play well,‚ÄĚ said head coach Dominique Ducharme. ‚ÄúBut, we played a solid, complete 60 minutes of hockey. We played with speed; we were good on both sides of the ice. We‚Äôre happy with the way we played.‚ÄĚ
Rejoining the team‚Äôs top line alongside Nikolaj Ehlers and Jonathan Drouin, Gadoury got the ball rolling for Herd, scoring just over six minutes into the contest.
The Mooseheads never let up, outshooting Bathurst 34-17, scoring four times in the second period and one more in the final frame.
It was the first time Gadoury teamed up with the Mooseheads leading goal scorer Ehlers, who along with Drouin picked up a goal and and an assist for seven points each in their last three games.
‚ÄúI like the way they played; they had a lot of scoring chances,‚ÄĚ said Ducharme.
Gadoury now has seven goals and three assists in nine games with the Herd.
Danny Moynihan and Luca Ciampini rounded out the scoring for the Mooseheads, who earned their third win in a row and improve to 37-18-0-3, remaining in third place in league standings.
Zachary Fucale earned his fourth shutout of the season as well as his 27th victory of the year.
Darcy Ashley, Connor Moynihan, Sam Leblanc and Brian Lovell all missed Sunday‚Äôs game due to injury.
The Herd is back in action at home against the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday.