Down and almost out Cats come back after teddies get tossed

Daniel St. Louis

Max Barbashev’s goal at 18:06 of the third period lifted the Wildcats to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over the division-leading Halifax Mooseheads before 4800 excited fans at the Avenir Centre.

Trailing 4-0 in the second period, the Annual Teddy Bear Toss had to wait until 13:31 when Etienne Morin’s 9th goal of the season made it 4-1. Two more late 2nd period goals three minutes apart, by Alex Mercier and Vincent Labelle, cut the Halifax lead to 4-3 heading to the dressing rooms.

The dynamic comeback continued in the third period, with Alex Mercier adding his 2nd of the night at 13:27 to tie the score — leading to Barbashev’s clutch game-winner with 1:54 remaining.

Labelle added two more assists in the win, lifting Moncton’s record to 12-10-0-1. It was the second Wildcat win over the Mooseheads this season. Goaltender Jacob Steinman was solid with 26 saves.

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The Wildcats now prepare for the Cape Breton Eagles Friday at 7pm. and the Victoriaville Tigres Saturday at 7pm. in a pair of weekend home games at the Avenir Centre.

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