The Halifax Mooseheads went through the floor at the gate yesterday with a sub-5,000 crowd for the first time since single-game attendance started being recorded in 2003-04.
The Mooseheads drew just 4,457 for a 4-2 afternoon loss to the Victoriaville Tigres at the Metro Centre. That was a stunning 645 fewer than the previous low, set 24 hours earlier in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques.
It’s the 12th time the Mooseheads have set a single-game low in attendance since the start of last season.
“Right when we got on the bench, I noticed there weren’t too many fans,” said Mooseheads forward Yuri Cheremetiev. “But you can’t pay attention to stuff like that. You have to go out and play as if there were 10,000 people in the crowd.”
The Mooseheads averaged 6,684 in 34 home games last season. That was the lowest mark in more than a decade. The team hadn’t been below 7,340 since 1997-98.