Instead of a slow start and a too-little-too-late push to the finish, the Halifax Mooseheads did the opposite and achieved the same result: A loss.
The Mooseheads, who were victims of slow starts their previous two outings, dropped their third straight at the Metro Centre last night with a 6-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques.
A 2-1 first-period lead disintegrated as the Olympiques scored five unanswered goals in the final 31 minutes.
“Things just started to go wrong and we kind of stopped battling,” said Mooseheads 20-year-old defenceman Pascal Amyot. “The little things we were doing well (early on), we stopped doing. You’re not going to win many hockey games if you just stop competing.”
Rookie Matthew Boudreau’s two-goal effort highlighted the Mooseheads’ early success, but numerous factors contributed to the loss.
Goalie Mathieu Corbeil only faced 23 shots but allowed six goals and was beaten cleanly a few times; the defence turned the puck over; the penalty kill allowed two goals on four attempts; and the Mooseheads managed just 20 shots of their own.
“It was one of those games where not a whole lot happened on both ends,” said Mooseheads captain Travis Randell. “Not a lot of shots, not even a lot of scoring opportunities. It just seemed for some reason the pucks they were shooting were going in tonight.”
Moving the puck out of their own end has been a big point of concern for the Mooseheads during the losing streak, Randell said.
“I don’t think we were good enough on the boards in our own end,” he said.
“That’s something we have to take more pride in … It’s been a problem for us and it could have helped us come out with the win.”
Attendance keeps on slipping for Herd
The Halifax Mooseheads’ attendance figures continue to slide.
Just 4,183 turned out for last night’s game, the fourth crowd this season ranking among the five smallest on record since the QMJHL started tracking single-game totals in 2003.
Average attendance, meanwhile, stands at 5,097, down from last season’s full-season 5,506, which was the worst average since 1996-97.
The Mooseheads averaged crowds of 3,733 and 4,749 in their first two seasons.