Zadina saves the day in 6-5 Halifax Mooseheads win

Zadina saves the day in 6-5 Halifax Mooseheads win
Zadina saves the day in 6-5 Halifax Mooseheads win
The Mooseheads built a 5-1 lead during the first two periods, then gave it all back to the Titan. Star winger Filip Zadina saved the day in his first game since the world junior tournament, snapping the 5-5 tie with 48 seconds left to give the Mooseheads a 6-5 victory in front of a crowd of 1,681 at the K.C. Irving Centre.

Notes: Defenceman Justin Barron and forwards Kyle Petten and Barrett Dachyshyn did not play for Halifax because of minor injuries.

“I thought early in the game we kept their shots to the outside but in the third they gave us a good push,” Midgley said. “They’re a skilled team and they showed no quit. It was three games in three days for them and they played hard. But we found a way to win and we’ll just keep working on tidying things up in our own end.”

Raphael Lavoie, with two, Maxime Fortier, Connor Moynihan and Ben Higgins scored for the Mooseheads to put them ahead 5-1 by the 14:02 mark of the second period. But two goals from Bathurst’s Olivier Galipeau and one each from German Rubtsov and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel during a 7:45 outburst early in the third period erased the entire advantage.

“It’s going to be a good race,” Midgley said. “They made some changes during the trade period and they’re a good team so you can tell they’re just trying to find their rhythm with each other.”

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