Herd playoff hopes officially over - Metro US

Herd playoff hopes officially over

The worst statistical team in Halifax Mooseheads history was officially knocked out of playoff contention on the weekend.

The Mooseheads were swept by the Moncton Wildcats, blasted 7-2 yesterday on the road and edged 4-3 in their home finale on Saturday before a season-high crowd of 10,411.

An improbable seven-game winning streak was the only thing that was going to get the Mooseheads into the playoffs.

“We knew we had to win all seven games but we were realistic and knew it probably wouldn’t happen,” said Mooseheads captain Tomas Knotek, after his team blew a 3-1 third-period lead on Saturday.

With the losses, they cannot finish with more than 41 points, lowering the previous low of 44 set back in 2003-04.

Mooseheads goaltender Mathieu Corbeil was at the Wildcats’ mercy yesterday, pelted with 44 shots — 28 of them counted as dangerous. The Wildcats also converted on four-of-10 power-play opportunities.

Bradley MacDonald and Andrew Wigginton scored in the loss.

Knotek, Pascal Amyot and Charles Bety scored in Saturday’s loss, while Peter Delmas turned aside 29 shots.

The Mooseheads play the Bathurst Titan on Friday as they wrap up their season on the road.

“We’re still going to battle,” said Mooseheads right-winger Linden Bahm. “We’re going to come out every game and give it our all, no matter what.”

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