The Halifax Mooseheads enter the QMJHL holiday break on pace for the worst season in franchise history, but the good news is, they’re in striking distance of the playoffs.

The Mooseheads, who wrapped up the first stage of their season on Friday with a 7-1 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs at the Metro Centre, take a nine-day breather with an 8-26-3 record and 19 points, four points out of the playoffs.

Considering they started the season with just one win in 20 games and have righted the ship to go 7-8-2 since, the rebuilding club is actually feeling pretty good about itself.

“We know we can make it,” said 19-year-old blue-liner Pascal Amyot. “We believe in each other. Even though we had a terrible start, we’ve been pretty close to .500 (lately). If we keep it going, we’re going to make the playoffs.”

Halifax has nine players aged 17 and younger. The hope is the kids will make big strides in the second half.

“Sometimes it takes a little while for young players to get used to major junior,” said Amyot. “After a couple of months they start to understand and they can improve a lot.”

Halifax hosts the Moncton Wildcats on Dec. 27.

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