HALIFAX – The Halifax Mooseheads’ playoff lives will be on the line tonight when they visit the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for game six of their best-of-seven first round playoff series.
Rouyn-Noranda currently leads the series 3-2 after defeating Halifax 6-5 in a triple overtime thriller on March. 31st.
After the game five loss Mooseheads’ forward Maxime Fortier described the loss as “probably the worst feeling ever.”
However since then Mooseheads’ play-by-play commentator John Moore says the spirits of the team are back up.
“One thing about the game of hockey is that when the game is over the next day you get up and play again,” said Moore. “This team is confident enough to know they can win in Rouyn-Noranda, they’ve done it before. The first two games of the series they won one and lost in overtime where a bounce could have won it.”
The Mooseheads will still be without goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon who is battling an injury, he did not travel with the team to Rouyn-Noranda. While forward Jake Coughler and defenceman Walter Flower will be game-time decisions.
Mooseheads’ goaltender Alex Gravel is expected to start.
Halifax will also be without forward Joel Bishop who is serving a one-game suspension for a hit delivered in game five overtime.
While the Huskies will also be without defenceman and former Mooseheads’ captain Taylor Ford for a one-game suspension after delivering a hit to Mooseheads’ forward Arnaud Durandeau.
Mooseheads’ defenceman Jared McIsaac has been battling injuries throughout the series and is expected to play again however his minutes were limited in game five.
“There is no question the Huskies are targeting him,” said Moore. “Anytime he handles the puck and they get an opportunity to put a body on him they do.”
You can listen to the game on News 95.7. Puck drop is at 8 p.m.