A dozen games in and the Halifax Mooseheads find themselves in familiar territory — near the bottom of the QMJHL standings.

Halifax dropped two home games over the Thanksgiving weekend — 5-1 to the Moncton Wildcats Sunday and 5-3 against the Montreal Juniors Friday.

After missing the playoffs the last two seasons, expectations were higher for this year’s edition of the Herd.

And while it’s still early, Halifax (3-8-0-1) is tied with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for last in the Maritime Division and sit ahead of only the Baie-Comeau Drakkar for fewest points in the league.

“This year is definitely a different year,” said Mooseheads coach Cam Russell. “We’ve obviously had a really difficult start as far as travel schedule and the teams we’ve played — we haven’t had any easy nights.”

Russell said the only “disappointing game” he’s seen so far from his young club was Sunday’s outing against Moncton, which was playing its third game in as many days.

“We just weren’t ready to compete,” he said.

“We weren’t ready to battle.”