After a three game road trip, your Halifax Mooseheads are back home for Friday night hockey. They will have a tough test tonight as they take on the second place Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The armada have been on top of the league for most of the season so far but were overtaken this week by the very hot Saint John Sea Dogs. Blainville is still a tough opponent though and Halifax will be looking to prove they can hang with the best teams in the league. The Mooseheads have the 2nd star of the week on their team in goaltender Alexis Gravel. Despite being only 16 years old, the Abestos, QC native is amount the league leaders for goals against average and save percentage. This will be the last game for Nico Hischier for a while and the Herd might really need his offensive power as they host the top goaltender; Samuel Montembeault who will most likely get the start.
This is the second and final game between the two teams this season. Halifax is 0-1-0-0 against the Armada while Blainville-Boisbriand has a 1-0-0-0 record versus the Mooseheads. The last match was on October 15th in Blainville where the home Armada skated away with a 4-2 victory. Alexis Gravel made 31 saves to take the loss.
Armada: 19-7-2-1 = 41 points (1st in West division, 2nd overall)
Mooseheads: 15-12-0-2 = 32 points (3rd in Maritimes division, 9th overall)
HAL: Maxime Fortier 49pts (16G & 33A), Nico Hischier 47pts (22G & 25A), Connor Moynihan 29pts (16G & 13A)
BLB: Alexandre Alain 27pts (15G & 12A), Joel Teasdale 23pts (10G & 13A), TJ Melancon 21pts (9G & 12A)
Blainville-Boisbriand is coming off a 5-2 victory on Saturday night in Gatienau. Shaun Miller led the Armada with a goal and an assist while Francis Leclerc picked up the win making 22 saves versus the Olympiques.
Halifax is coming off their second shootout loss of the season, this time to Baie-Comeau on Saturday. Rookie Benoit-Olivier Groulx scored twice to lead the Mooseheads while Kevin Resop was pulled after allowing 4 Drakkar goals on 21 shots.
ALUM ON ARMADA – none
October 15 Mooseheads 2 at Armada 4
December 9 Armada at Mooseheads – 7pm
OUT OF TOWN
Wildcats vs. Tigres 7:00pm
Phoenix vs. Drakkar 8:00pm
Sagueneens vs. Voltigeurs 8:30pm
Oceanic vs. Olympiques 8:30pm
Huskies vs. Islanders 8:30pm
Foreurs vs. Cataractes 8:30pm
AFTER THE BUZZER
Halifax will travel to Sydney to take on their provincial rivals, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7pm.