The Halifax Mooseheads finally have a bit of momentum on their side and aren’t ready to let it go just yet.
The Mooseheads, coming off back-to-back victories, can assemble their first three-game winning streak since 2007-08 when they host the Moncton Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m.
Only two players on the current roster — Tomas Knotek and Travis Randell — were around to experience the last winning streak back in February 2008, when Brad Marchand and Jakub Voracek patrolled the same power-play unit.
“We haven’t won a lot this year so two in a row at home, it feels really good,” said goalie Mathieu Corbeil. “Our confidence is going up. We know we can beat teams.”
The Mooseheads, 3-18-1, went on a 10-1 scoring romp last weekend and received outstanding goaltending from Corbeil to beat the Val-d’Or Foreurs and P.E.I. Rocket.
They were supposed to face the Shawinigan Cataractes this past Tuesday, but that outing was postponed because of H1N1 concerns and has been rescheduled for Jan. 19.
The Mooseheads used the week to rest and have a healthy roster, with right-winger Jessyko Bernard (flu) and defenceman Alexandre Brunet (groin) ready to return.
“We had momentum and we still do,” Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell said. “But it gave us a chance to recuperate. It’s good to have a few days to get over the flu, the bumps and the bruises, especially against a team like Moncton.”
The Wildcats, 12-6-3, boast superstars in forward Kirill Kabanov and blue-liner Brandon Gormley, potential high picks in the 2010 NHL draft. The Baie-Comeau Drakkar, who are 5-14-3, second-last in the QMJHL, visit on Saturday at 7 p.m.
For weekend coverage of the Mooseheads, visit Matthew Wuest’s Q Files blog at www.metronews.ca/qfiles.
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