Following a huge road win on Wednesday night vs. the Gatineau Olympiques in a shootout, the Wildcats were looking to carry that momentum over for tonight’s game against 7-1-0-0 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
This game was most definitely a thrilling one with end to end action, and back and forth leads for the full 60 minutes.
It was Moncton’s own Simon Le Coultre who opened the scoring at 6:20 of the opening frame, wiring one past Zachary Emond to give the club a 1-0 lead early on. However, that lead quickly diminished with Rouyn rallying back just over a minute later to tie the game and by 8:40 of the first had a 2-1 lead.
During the second frame Rouyn extended their lead to two goals early on but Moncton would respond before the 40 minutes was over. Both on power play’s Jeremy McKenna found the back of the net for his third of the season, and Alex Khovanov buried his fourth on the year to tie the game at 3-3 headed to the final frame.
The last 20 minutes of regulation it was a trade of the lead with both teams scoring twice in the frame. Similar to the opening period, Le Coultre was first on the board at only 0:25 seconds in to give the team a 4-3 lead. The Huskies added the tying goal at 5:31. Then, at the midway point, Simon Le Coultre got his stick up on a Rouyn player and was called for high sticking and given a double minor, during his 4 minute penalty the Huskies added their go ahead goal at the 10 minute mark.
With time winding down it looked as though Leclerc would be headed for the bench to give the Wildcats an extra man on the ice, but Mika Cyr had another idea. With three minutes left in the game he found McKenna’s rebound mid-air and batted the puck in for the tying goal! This game would need overtime to decide a winner, but with Moncton in the penalty box and the play as 4 on 3, it didn’t take long for Rouyn to knock one past Leclerc for the win.
The team is back at it for their final game of this road trip tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. vs. Val d’Or