HALIFAX - He was five minutes shy of a shutout when it was snatched away, but Kevin Darveau walked out of the Halifax Mooseheads‚Äô dressing room beaming, anyway.
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Charlottetown Islanders Anthony Cortese, left, gives chase to Halifax Mooseheads Nikolaj Ehlers.
In the end, the Herd‚Äôs amiable back up goalie seemed genuinely happy just to get the win on Wednesday night.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the main thing,‚ÄĚ he said with a laugh. ‚ÄúThe boys were teasing me a little bit during the timeout before the end of the game, saying ‚ÄėCome on Darveau, get your shutout.‚ÄĚ
It wasn‚Äôt in the cards, but Darveau and Co. faced off against an inferior opponent, and then responded with a dominating 5-1 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders before 7,565 Metro Centre fans.
‚ÄúFor us, we knew they were going to come out hard,‚ÄĚ said Darveau, who was solid making 25 saves, including a few spectacular ones, for his 10th victory of the season. ‚ÄúBut we answered and never stopped. Because that‚Äôs our goal, every game we aim to build, to be a better team for the playoffs. We did that tonight.‚ÄĚ
The Mooseheads, who outshot the Islanders 40-26, opened the scoring seven minutes into the contest. From there they would score four straight, until Bradley Kennedy finally responded for the Islanders late in the final frame.
Not surprisingly, the Herd‚Äôs leading scorer Nikolaj Ehlers led the way with a pair of goals and assists, to extend his point streak to four games(five goals and four assists.)
The Mooseheads‚Äô soft spoken rookie defenceman Jacob Jacques quietly got in on the action, scoring his second goal of the season with just over five minutes left in the middle frame.
It came as sweet relief.
‚ÄúI just took a shot and it deflected in and I was so frigging happy,‚ÄĚ said Jacques. ‚ÄúAfter that, I just started playing with new confidence.‚ÄĚ
With the victory, the Mooseheads extended their winning streak to four games, and remain in third place in league standings with a record of 39-18-0-3, six points out of the No. 1 spot.
Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Ryan rounded out the scoring for the Herd.
The Mooseheads are back in action at home on Friday against the Shawinigan Cataractes.