The Halifax Mooseheads don’t have much time to make an early-season impression on their home fans.
The Mooseheads’ home set with the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Victoriaville Tigres on Sunday at 4 p.m. marks the only weekend the team will spend exclusively at home in the opening two months of the season.
Just seven of Halifax’s first 20 games are at the Metro Centre, making the transition to the QMJHL significantly more gruelling for the eight rookies on the team.
“It’s a big challenge to start off,” said Mooseheads forward Jessyko Bernard. “But it’s better early than later in the year. Rookies might get fatigued towards the end of the year so it’s good to get them out of the way first thing.”
Understandably, the Mooseheads want to make the most of this weekend’s games, as well as a third consecutive contest at the Metro Centre next Friday against Rimouski. That’s especially true after last weekend’s home-opening loss.
“We’re going to come out flying,” Bernard said.