The Voltigeurs scored three times in a span of 2:21 to erase a 3-0 Mooseheads lead and reset a game that featured two of the QMJHL’s top teams.
Justin Barron eventually settled it when he scored 2:59 into overtime to clinch a 4-3 victory for Halifax at the Marcel Dionne Centre in Drummondville.
“We showed a lot of character not panicking and staying relaxed and finding a way,” said Halifax head coach Eric Veilleux. “Guys are tired right now, to be honest, so they had to dig down very deep. A lot of credit goes to our hockey team for this one.”
Despite being outshot 30-16 in the first two periods, the Mooseheads had control on the scoreboard heading into the third. Samuel Asselin opened the scoring in the first period with his league-leading fifth power-play goal of the season and Raphael Lavoie and Arnaud Durandeau added one each in the second to put Halifax ahead 3-0.
But quick strikes by Drummondville’s Dawson Mercer, Xavier Bernard and Gregor MacLeod a few minutes into the third period changed everything.
“We put ourselves in a tough situation with the penalty but the guys found a way,” Veilleux said. “The PK came up big and that’s another really good sign.”
Alexis Gravel finished his busy night in the Halifax net with 44 saves and Olivier Rodrigue stopped 19 shots for Drummondville.
The result pushed the Mooseheads to 11-3. The Voltigeurs still earn a point for the OT loss but slip to 9-4-1-0.
“As a coach you want to win them all,” Veilleux joked. “But to be honest, with all the travelling and everything, it’s been tough. Even for us coaches, we’re not even playing and we’re tired. We’ve got an opportunity to take a couple of days off now and then it’s just one more (on the road).”
The Mooseheads wrap up their marathon 15-game season-opening road trip on Friday against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Their home opener is the following night in a rematch with the Screaming Eagles.
Joel Bishop, Ostap Safin, Kyle Petten and Samuel Dube did not play for Halifax on Sunday because of injuries.
On Saturday, the Mooseheads turned in a nearly perfect road performance to beat the Sherbrooke Phoenix 4-2.
They played solid defence almost until the very end of the game and chipped away on offence for the victory.
Lavoie continued his hot play, with another goal and an assist, and Marcel Barinka, Antoine Morand and Jared McIsaac also scored. Durandeau added two assists.
Screaming Eagles 9, Sea Dogs 2: At Saint John, nine different players scored for Cape Breton in the rout.
Mitchell Balmas, Mathias Laferriere, Alex Drover, Felix Lafrance, Declan Smith, Brooklyn Kalmikov, Leon Gawanke, Gabriel Proulx and Egor Sokolov all found the back of the net and Kevin Mandolese stopped 30 shots.
Yohan Plamondon and Charlie Desroches were the scorers for the Sea Dogs and Tommy DaSilva made 24 saves.
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC. – The Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-3 in overtime on Sunday night.
The Herd had a strong start, with Samuel Asselin, Raphael Lavoie and Arnaud Durandeau scoring three goals to give Halifax a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.
Drummondville woke up in the third, scoring Dawson Mercer, Xavier Bernard and Gregor MacLeod all finding the back of Halifax's net to tie it up at 3-3, forcing overtime.
The Herd wrap up their 15-game road trip on Friday when they take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.