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Happiness is the Moncton Wildcats in the rearview mirror

The Halifax Mooseheads are no doubt glad their season series with the Moncton Wildcats is finally over.

The Mooseheads played their final game against the Atlantic Division-leading Wildcats last night at Moncton Coliseum and lost 4-2, finishing with a 1-7 head-to-head record.

Churchville native Scott Brannon scored the eventual winner, his 25th goal of the year, with 9:14 remaining. Devon MacAusland scored into an empty net in the final minute.

“It’s been a good series … Obviously, it’s been a lopsided series, but they’re a top team in Canada,” said Mooseheads head coach Cam Russell. “We’ve seen a good effort against them every time out and it’s been a good rivalry.”

Jan Stransky, with his eighth goal in six games since joining the Mooseheads in a December trade, and Jessyko Bernard, returning from a groin injury, were Halifax’s scorers.

The Mooseheads outshot the Wildcats 38-28. Mooseheads goalie Mark Yetman finished with 24 saves.

“We played well enough to win,” Russell said.

The squad is 13-29-2-2, 17th in the 18-team QMJHL.

Top-scoring defenceman Justin Pender (abdominal strain) sat out again and Matt Boland (flu) also didn’t play.

Halifax hosts the Quebec Remparts Friday at 7 p.m.

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