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Mooseheads wrap up tough road trip with 4-3 OT win in Baie-Comeau

Maxim Trepanier
Maxim Trepanier

A win in their final game of a three-game road trip made for a more pleasant journey home for the Halifax Mooseheads.
They got an overtime goal from Maxim Trepanier Saturday afternoon in Baie-Comeau to give them a hard-earned 4-3 victory over the Drakkar in front of 1,400 fans at the Henry Leonard Centre. The victory made the Mooseheads' record 2-1 on the swing through Quebec and improves their season sheet to 3-4-0-0.
"It's a good road trip coming back with two wins," said Halifax head coach J.J. Daigneault. "When you go on a trip like this, you look at your team play and you learn from what you see. We still have a long way to go, I believe. We have a lot of rookies so we have a lot of teaching to do. We'll probably have two days this week to work on that but it's still a work in progress.
"But you learn from winning and you learn from losing as well so we learned a little bit yesterday playing a quick team like Chicoutimi and the guys bounced back really well today. I'm very proud of the effort they gave us."
Coming off a flat 4-1 loss to the Sagueneens on Friday, Daigneault also wanted better production from his top line. He got three points from Trepanier, a goal and an assist from Raphael Lavoie and a clutch power-play goal from BO Groulx late in the third period.
"They played well and I think the best is yet to come," Daigneault said. "That was a timely goal on the PP late in the game and that's one thing I told the guys in the room after the second period. I said 'I couldn't care less if our PP is five per cent or 45 per cent as long as we get timely goals. They came up big.
"We had a timely goal to go ahead so that was good for us and obviously Max scored on a nice stretch pass from (Jason) Horvath. He made a great shot on the far side to get us the win."
Cole Stewart added his first goal of the season for Halifax and Cole McLaren continued his strong play, kicking out 28 shots. 
Raivis Ansons, Vincent Dupuis and Julien Letourneau were the Baie-Comeau (2-3-2-0) scorers and Lower Sackville's Lucas Fitzpatrick made 22 saves.
"It wasn't an easy game," Daigneault said. "These guys lost big yesterday, 7-2, and there were a couple of changes made to their lines and they came out strong. But I thought that the first period we came out and dominated them. We were hard on the forecheck and we hunted the puck. We had a little bit of a letdown in the second period but the guys really dug deep. They deserved the win in overtime and made this a good road trip for us."
The Mooseheads' next game is at home on Thursday against the Saint John Sea Dogs so they'll have time to rest after a demanding trip that covered a lot of kilometres.
"The guys really had to grind this one out," Daigneault said. "I had to shorten my bench and didn't play the fourth line much in the third period. But the guys rolled their lines fast. They were out there for 45-50 seconds and they got us the tough win with all the travel."
Jared McIsaac (shoulder), Cole Foston (knee), Alexis Gravel (foot), Cameron Whynot (upper body) and Jeff Burridge (finger) did not play for Halifax.
BO Groulx signed an entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. He was the NHL team's second-round pick (54th overall) in 2018.
Eagles 6, Sagueneens 3: At Chicoutimi, Felix Lafrance notched a hat trick in a big win for Cape Breton (6-1-0-0).
Ryan Francis, Shawn Boudrias and Egor Sokolov also scored for the Eagles, while Brooklyn Kalmikov had three assists.
Tristan Pelletier, Vladislav Kotkov and Samuel Houde were the scorers for Chicoutimi (4-1-1-0).
Kevin Mandolese finished with 24 saves and Alexis Shank turned aside 19 shots.
Cape Breton defenceman Alex Falardeau was suspended two games for a hit to the head on Rimouski Oceanic forward Adam Raska.

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