Gravel, Hischier Help Rebound Moose

Gravel, 3rd star, with a 22 save shutout

Rookie goaltender Alexis Gravel had an interesting night on Sunday but he was able to help his team to a 3-0 victory. The 16 year old didn’t have to work very much during the first period, facing only 2 shots in a frame that saw neither team score. Joel Bishop got checked into the board with under 5 minutes to go, after a scrum ensued both teams received incidental penalties. Swiss forward Nico Hischier scored 2:37 into the second period with a one timer off a pass from Max Fortier and it ended up being the game winner. Halifax dominated the middle frame, getting 22 shots on Moncton’s recently acquired goaltender Alec MacDonald who found his Wildcats down 2-0 after 40 minutes. In the third however, the away team seemed to find another pace as they got more shots on net during the final period than they did in the first two but Gravel stood strong even after getting run over late in the frame. That was part of the interesting night for the Mooseheads goalie. At the 14:38 mark in the 3rd, 20 year old Manuel Wiederer crashed into Alexis who fell back into his net and was down for a few minutes, long enough that the trainer went out to check on him but the Abestos, QC native stayed in the net. The Herd were given a 5 minute power play but were held off the score sheet though by this time it didn’t matter as the home team was up 3-0 after Nico Hishier scored his 2nd of the game (and 22nd of the season) with 7:21 left in the match.

FINAL: Wildcats 0 at Mooseheads 3
Stars: 3. Alexis Gravel HAL | 2. Bradley Kennedy HAL | 1. Nico Hischier
Attendance: 5,845
MC’s Top Herd: Alexis Gravel

GAME LOG
First period
None

Second period
2:37 HAL Nico Hischier (21) | A: Fortier & Lepage
5:37 HAL Benoit-Olivier Groulx (7), PP | A: Bishop & Kennedy

Third period
12:39 HAL Nico Hischier (22) | A: Fortier & Moynihan

Powerplay: MON – 0-for-3, HAL – 1-for-4
Shots: 43-22 in favour of the Mooseheads

MISSING IN ACTION: Walter Flower (injury), Arnaud Durandeau (injury) and Brett Crossley (injury)

SCORES
Shawinigan 2 at Cape Breton 6
Chicoutimi 5 at Drummondville 4
Rouyn-Noranda 3 at Rimouski 1
Val-d’Or 5 at Sherbrooke 6
Acadie-Bathurst 7 at Victoriaville 6 OT

UP NEXT: Halifax will now travel to Quebec City for a rematch against the Remparts on Wednesday night. Puck drops at 8pm.

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