Islanders down Mooseheads


Danny Moynihan’s two point night was not enough to propel the Mooseheads to victory over the Charlottetown Islanders at the Eastlink Centre on Friday night.

After going without a point in the season opener, the seventeen-year-old rookie recorded his first goal and assist last night in Charlottetown.

Moynihan; who hails from Windham, New Hampshire; opened up the scoring with his first QMJHL goal after banging in a rebound created by a Jesse Lussier point-shot. Nikolaj Ehlers and Jesse Lussier both picked up their first career assists on the play as well.

Czech import Matej Beran would ties things up late in the second with his first of the season not long before Jack Nevins gave the Islanders their first lead of the game early in the third. But it would be Danny Moynihan who would find himself on the score sheet for a second time on the evening. The six-foot-one forward gained possession of the puck deep in the Islanders’ zone before skating it around the net and connecting with veteran Andrew Ryan who put it past Charlottetown goaltender, Daryl MacCallum, tying the game up at two.

The Ryan marker would be the last opportunity for the Mooseheads to celebrate however, as the Islanders would score three unanswered goals to take the contest by a final of five-to-two.

Local product, Kameron Kielly, scored the winner for the Isles after he was left all alone in front of the net on the powerplay. Alexandre Goulet, who was picked nineteenth overall in last summer’s draft, finished the scoring with two goals in the final five minutes of the third.

Mooseheads’ goaltender Kevin Darveau stopped forty shots in the loss. The Granby, PQ native has now seen seventy-eight shots in his first two games stopping sixty-nine of them.

Halifax had another tough night on special teams. The Herd went scoreless on four powerplay opportunities. After two games, Halifax has yet to find the net with the man advantage with no goals on eleven chances. The penalty kill hasn’t fared much better. The Mooseheads have allowed three powerplay goals in their first two games.

Forwards Darcy Ashley and Brent Andrews did not dress. Defensemen MacKenzie Weegar and Jacob Jacques along with goaltender Zachary Fucale missed the game as well.

The Mooseheads will get six days off before travelling to Moncton where they will face the Wildcats for the second time this season. The Herd’s next home game falls on September 25th when they entertain the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.


Photo: (Nigel Armstrong/The Guardian)