HALIFAX - Not long after Darcy Ashley had ignited the Metro Centre crowd of 7,055 with his overtime winner, he sat alone peddling away on a stationary bike.
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A stickless Clark Bishop, right, of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles gives chase to Halifax Mooseheads Jonathan Drouin.
The Herd‚Äôs co-captain couldn‚Äôt deny feeling slightly relieved knowing his squad overcame an impressive third period comeback attempt at the hands of rival Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and ended up with a 5-4 victory, halting a two-game slide on Wednesday night.
‚ÄúWe couldn‚Äôt let another one slip away,‚ÄĚ said Ashley, who, with 50 seconds left in overtime, slipped the game-winner in an open net on a lovely feed from Jonathan Drouin.
‚ÄúFor me, I‚Äôve been kind of up and down the last 10 games so it‚Äôs nice to get that monkey off my back,‚ÄĚ added the Mooseheads co-captain, who finished the night with a pair of goals and an assist.
But the Mooseheads played with fire in the final frame. After taking a commanding 4-1 lead early in third period, the Screaming Eagles responded with three straight power play goals to tie the contest with 8:10 left in the regulation time.
Apart from what he called questionable instigator calls and lucky bounces that led to Cape Breton goals, it was a victory Ashley stressed the Mooseheads earned.
‚ÄúWe played pretty well as a team, and we deserved that win tonight.‚ÄĚ
Not only did Drouin register three assists, but he also registered his first QMJHL fight when he dropped the gloves with Justin Hache, after the Cape Breton forward ran over Nikolaj Ehlers in the third period.
And, the Mooseheads leading scorer played the part well.
‚ÄúIt was a little bit of a charge. I didn‚Äôt go for the knock out, I just stayed there and I think I held my own,‚ÄĚ said Drouin, who admitted he was seeking a little retribution for Hache‚Äôs hit on Philippe Gadoury, who‚Äôs been out of the lineup with concussion symptoms since the incident on Jan. 25.
‚ÄúThat just goes to show how much of a team-first guy he is,‚ÄĚ said Ashley. ‚ÄúI thought he did very well for his first fight.‚ÄĚ
Brent Andrews, Timo Meier and Andrew Ryan each had singles to round out the scoring for the Mooseheads.
Charles-Eric Legare paced the Screaming Eagles with two goals and a pair of assists, while Kyle Farrell and Cameron Darcy also scored.
With the victory, the Mooseheads improve to 35-17-0-3, and face the Gatineau Olympiques on Thursday at home.