The Halifax Mooseheads had a four-point weekend ripped away from them in heartbreaking fashion.
The Mooseheads fell 2-1 to the Prince Edward Island Rocket in a nine-round shootout in QMJHL play yesterday at the Metro Centre, less than 24 hours after losing by the same score to the Bathurst Titan on a last-minute goal.
Although the last-place Herd earned a point, their faint playoff hopes are fading with every setback.
“We came into the weekend thinking we were going to get four points out of it,” said Mooseheads left-winger Gerrad Grant.
“We were pretty happy to get a point out of tonight … But at the end of the day, (we played) a good game and we should have won. We were obviously the better team.”
The Mooseheads couldn’t be faulted for their effort either night.
They scored early on Saturday and led 1-0 with 12 minutes left before the Titan tied it up after a long power play and won it on a faceoff play with 44.6 seconds to go.
Yesterday it was P.E.I. that scored first, getting a lucky bounce off a Halifax defenceman on a point shot that was heading wide just 4:36 into the game. Jessyko Bernard tied it at 15:09 of the second on a one-timer on a power play.
Grant scored in the shootout but eight others couldn’t beat Rocket goalie Wendell Vye.
At the other end, Mathieu Corbeil was outstanding but couldn’t stop Derek Famulare, who deked to his backhand and went five-hole.
“When you’re so close to getting an extra point, it’s just an extra save, one shot, one goal,” said Corbeil, who made 19 saves.
“When it’s that close, it’s really hard to let go.”
The Mooseheads, who remain firmly in last place with a 10-35-4 record, hit the road for a three-game trip starting Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the Lewiston Maineiacs.