SYDNEY - The Halifax Mooseheads‚Äô two best players were at the top of their game Tuesday night, and their provincial rival paid the price.
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Timoth√© Simard of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, left, battles with Brent Andrews of the Halifax Mooseheads off the draw during Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday at Centre 200.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored his third straight hat trick and Jonathan Drouin chipped in with a goal and five assists to lead the Herd to a whopping 10-1 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles before 3,172 fans at Centre 200.
‚ÄúWhen your best players are your best players and on their A-game, they‚Äôre taking a special leadership role,‚ÄĚ said head coach Dominique Ducharme. ‚ÄúEveryone followed their lead. Everyone played well; everyone had a good game.
‚ÄúWe created some chances early and really capitalized on them right away. That put them on their heels and after that it was that kind of night where everything just got easier and easier for ourselves and harder and harder for them. Just one of those nights.‚ÄĚ
By the end of the second period the Herd had done all of its damage, entering the final frame with a 10-0 lead.
Raphael Corriveau would finally get one back for the helpless Screaming Eagles.
Seven Mooseheads finished with multi-point nights, as the they cruised to their eighth straight victory. With a record of 42-18-0-3, the Herd sits in a three-way tie with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Rimouski Oceanic for second place in league standings, five points behind No. 1 Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
‚ÄúRight now, it‚Äôs not about the eight games in a row, or our record, it‚Äôs about the way we play,‚ÄĚ added Ducharme. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre happy with where we are now. You look at our last three games, there‚Äôs one period, the second period against Moncton on Saturday that we were not happy with. But, besides that, I think we are progressing and preparing for the playoffs well.‚ÄĚ
With just five games left in their regular season schedule, the Herd‚Äôs leading scorers are on fire. Drouin, who sits one point ahead of Ehlers for the team lead in scoring, with 95 points, increased his point streak to nine games (four goals, 20 assists), while Ehlers added to his eight-game point streak (16 goals, seven assists).
MacKenzie Weegar had a goal and three assists; Darcy Ashley tallied and picked up a pair of helpers, while Philippe Gadoury collected a pair of goals. Brent Andrews and Luca Ciampini rounded out the scoring for the Herd.
Zachary Fucale made 30 saves for his 32nd win of the season, one behind the Drakkar‚Äôs Philippe Cadorette, who hold‚Äôs the league lead in victories.