Wildcats Spoil Banner Night in Halifax
Nineteen-year-old net-minder Alex Dubeau posted a shutout, helping the Moncton Wildcats to a four-to-nothing victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on the night that the Herd would raise their championship banners.
Dubeau, of Mascouche, PQ, turned away all twenty-eight shots he faced including six from Mooseheads returnee Luca Ciampini and three dangerous shots from Ryan Falkenham. In total, ten of the twenty-eight shots were deemed dangerous. Dubeau was named first star of the game.
The game’s third star, Cody Drover, opened the scoring for the Wildcats after intercepting a mistimed pass from Halifax captain Trey Lewis deep inside the Mooseheads’ zone. Russian import Ivan Barbashev would add another goal before the Grand Falls, NL native, Drover, scored his second of the night off of a turnover from rookie Jesse Lussier putting the Cats up by a score of three-to-nothing with over three minutes remaining in the opening period.
Moncton captain, Ryan Penny, would tally on the powerplay early in the third period to put the Wildcats up by a score of four-to-nothing. The score remained that way at the end of regulation giving the visiting Wildcats their first win of the regular season. The Halifax Mooseheads fall to 0-1-0-0.
The opening ceremony saw former Mooseheads Travis Randell, Jason King and Jody Shelley present current Mooseheads Darcy Ashley, Brendan Duke, Andrew Ryan and Trey Lewis with the Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup banners.
The game was played in front of 9,301 fans; the highest attendance for a home-opener in Mooseheads history.
Darcy Ashley (injured), Mackenzie Weegar (NHL training camp), Brent Andrews (NHL training camp) and Zachary Fucale (NHL training camp) did not dress for the Mooseheads.
Halifax will take to the ice again tonight when they visit the Charlottetown Islanders at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.