It’s the final game for your Halifax Mooseheads of a 3-in-3 road trip through the province of Quebec. Today also marks the last road game against a Quebecois team this season. Four points separate the two teams playing this afternoon so fans in Rimouski are in for a big hard fought match I’m guessing. Halifax will be without star rookie Nico Hischier for the second straight game as he gets ready to participate in the Top Prospects game on Monday. The Mooseheads will be hoping to have a gritty performance like they did yesterday as the team is missing more than just Nico this weekend. They played with 3 full lines last night and are most likely going to be doing something similar today but Jared McIsaac should be back on the ice. Rimouski on the other hand, despite being 14th in the league, has the league’s top scorer in Tyler Boland who is now 8 points ahead of the Herd’s Max Fortier. The Oceanic are 2-0-1-0 in their last 3 games and will be looking to continue collecting points.
This is the second and last meeting between these two teams this season. Halifax is 1-0-0-0 against the Oceanic while Rimouski has a 0-1-0-0 record versus the Mooseheads. The last matchup was October 7 in Moose Country where the home Mooseheads picked up the 6-5 victory. Bradley Kennedy, Max Fortier & Otto Somppi had a goal and an assist each to lead the team.
Mooseheads: 23-21-1-3 = 50 points (5th in Maritimes division, 11th overall)
Oceanic: 21-24-4-0 = 46 points (5th in East division, 14th overall)
RIM: Tyler Boland 79pts (36G & 43A), Dylan Montcalm 60pts (13G & 47A), Samuel Laberge 38pts (15G & 23A)
HAL: Maxime Fortier 71pts (26G & 45A), Nico Hischier 68pts (33G & 35A), Jake Coughler 39pts (25G & 14A)
Halifax is coming off a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Phoenix on Saturday night. Joel Bishop and Otto Somppi scored for the Mooseheads while Blade Mann-Dixon made 29 saves in Sherbrooke to pick up the win.
Rimouski is coming off a big 9-3 win on home ice over Drummondville. Three different players had a goal and 3 assists each to lead the Oceanic while Alexandre Lagace stopped 23 of the Voltigeurs’ 26 shots on Saturday.
ALUM ON OCEANIC – Sam Hunter
October 7 Rimouski 5 at Halifax 6
January 29 Halifax at Rimouski – 4pm
OUT OF TOWN
Islanders vs. Sea Dogs 3:00pm
Sagueneens vs. Olympiques 5:00pm
Cataractes vs. Drakkar 5:00pm
AFTER THE BUZZER
Halifax will head back home after the game and host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Thursday evening. Puck drops at 7pm.