The Halifax Mooseheads will be without three players because of flu tonight against the Saint John Sea Dogs.
The last-place Mooseheads, who are looking to end a franchise-record 11-game losing streak, will be without goaltender Joel Grondin, defenceman Sawyer Hannay and forward Jessyko Bernard against the first-place Sea Dogs.
The trio will stay at home for the bus trip to New Brunswick.
“We don’t want them on the bus with everyone else for 10 hours,” said Mooseheads head coach Cam Russell.
Goalie Randy Chisholm has been recalled from the junior A Pictou County Weeks Crushers to replace Grondin, while the expected returns of forwards Gabriel Desjardins (flu) and Charles Bety (elbow) counteract the other losses.
The Mooseheads have also decided to send 18-year-old defenceman Alex MacDonald to the junior A Dieppe Commandos. MacDonald played in just five of 19 games this season.
“He’s got to play,” Russell said. “It’s not beneficial for him or us for him to sit around and not play.”
The Sea Dogs are on a QMJHL-best eight-game winning streak.