Drained of talent after last season’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, the Mooseheads dumped its few remaining assets, including trading forward Logan MacMillan of Winsloe to Rimouski, fired its general manager Marcel Patenaude and stumbled with a rebuilding team to a 16-37-3-3 record, dead last in the QMJHL.
But that doesn’t mean Halifax isn’t dangerous in a circuit where any team can win on any given night — the Herd has six wins against Saint John and Acadie-Bathurst versus the P.E.I. Rocket’s one victory against the same teams.
So when the Rocket and the Mooseheads meet tonight in Halifax (7 p.m., Metro Centre), P.E.I. can’t linger in the glory of last Saturday’s 5-3 comeback win over the Quebec Remparts at the Civic Centre or its 5-0 record against Halifax.
This is not lost on Rocket forward Simon Olsson.
“We want to pretty much destroy (Halifax),” Olsson said after Rocket practice Wednesday. “Not give them a chance and finish them off early.”
Bitch please! My Poll is not closed but apparently amongst 13 voters (ugh. I know more people read the blog than that), many (6) agree that the Moose can take PEI at least once this season. At least three of us would rather take a load to the eye than watch PEI play. I am one of those three. I figure that if I am blinded in one eye then I can still watch my Moose with the other... and maybe take occasional peeps at Bobby Nadeau. Either that or I would throw peeps at Bobby Nadeau. It is close to Easter and they are readily available.
The Rocket skate tonight without Joël Champagne (broken left wrist), Maxime Provencher (concussion) and Jean-Philippe Mathieu (suspension).
Brendan Wright, scheduled to return to practice Wednesday from an injured left rotator cuff, is out indefinitely after his left big toe was stepped on and the tendon attaching the toe to the foot was severed by a skate earlier this week.
The Moose know what they have to do - Work hard & play smart. No one is talking about playing smart, no, NOT FANCY... JUST SMART:
"It’s definitely desperate hockey for us right now," said Mooseheads defenceman Ben MacAskill. "We’re coming down to the wire here and we’re trying to catch a couple teams. Hopefully we get rewarded for our hard work."
..."We’ve got to find ways to get some points right now," said forward Alexis Piette. "We are playing against good teams for the rest of the season so we have to somehow find a way to win some games."