The Halifax Mooseheads’ 3-1 win over the P.E.I. Rocket was just the icing on the cake last night as fans at the Halifax Metro Centre anxiously waited for Team Canada to announce its junior team picks.

About halfway through the game, the official announcement came over the speakers: Cole Harbour’s Nathan MacKinnon, 17, and Jonathan Drouin, 17, originally from Quebec, have made the National Juniors.

The last time two 17-year-old players made the junior squad was in 2008 when John Tavares and Steve Stamkos played for Canada.

“I texted Nathan before, but he wouldn’t let it slip,” said Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell, who admits he was paying a little more attention to his phone than his team on the ice, Thursday night.

Team Canada started announcing their roster just as the Mooseheads and the Rocket hit the ice.

“We were glued to Twitter the whole first period,” said Russell. “I think pretty well everybody in this building would have been happier if the game had started an hour later.”

Fans spent much of the first period watching their phones as the final roster cuts came painfully slowly over Twitter.

“The excitement was pretty palpable, just waiting to see what the cuts were for Team Canada,” said Mooseheads’ fan Henry Whitfield. “I think the more exciting thing were the people who didn’t have Twitter, maybe some of the older fans, were poking us in the back saying ‘have they made it yet, have they made it yet?’”

The linemates are following in the footsteps of fellow Nova Scotia player Brad Marchand, of Hammonds Plains, who made the national squad in both 2007 and 2008.

“As a Mooseheads fan, it’s pretty nerve-racking as you’re waiting to see if Drouin or MacKinnon make the team as they cut down one player after another, after another,” said season-ticket holder Whitfield.

Meanwhile, the Moose went on to win their 15th consecutive home game – a franchise record.