As far as the Halifax Mooseheads are concerned, their kids are all right.
That’s the verdict from management after the Mooseheads ended the QMJHL pre-season on Sunday with a 2-4 record following an 8-2 setback at the hands of the P.E.I. Rocket at the Forum.
“Overall in the pre-season we played well,” said Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell.
“We rolled four lines, put our kids in different situations — penalty kill, power play — and it was a good evaluation process for us.”
Among those making the biggest impressions were rookie forwards Andrew Ryan, Francis Turbide and Alex Souligny. Each member of the rookie trio collected two goals and two assists in five games.
On defence, 16-year-old Simon Desmarais surprised everyone by making the team, while 17-year-old goaltender Anthony Terenzio had his share of shining moments.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re drafted,” Russell said. “There are some kids who really impressed us — who came out of nowhere — and deserve to play.”
The Mooseheads open the QMJHL regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Metro Centre against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
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