It was quite the game to open the Wildcats three game Quebec road trip as they took to the ice against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar for a battle of first place in the East.
It was a back and forth affair with momentum swinging both ways throughout the 60 minutes, and action until the dying seconds of the game.
Moncton struck first on the power play early in the opening frame when Simon Le Coultre notched his 8th of the season to get the Cats on the board early. In the second both teams added two goals to the board, keeping Moncton’s one goal lead after 40 minutes of play. Second period Wildcat goals went to Brady Pataki and Jakob Pelletier.
The third period was filled with goals and end to end action. At 16:39 Jordan Martel found the back of the net on the Drakkar power play to tie the game, then less than a minute later Alex Kohvanov wired ones past Jessiman to give Moncton the go ahead goal once again with only three minutes to go.
Baie-Comeau would pull their goaltender in the dying minutes and with the Cats in the offensive zone, looking to seal this game with an empty net goal Aspirot was nailed along the boards and as both teams rushed to the scene, Pelletier hit the open net before the whistle blew. The goal was not announced and was not added to the scoreboard until the dying seconds of the game. Meanwhile, 10 seconds later the Drakkar came down to score a short-handed goal, which they thought was a tying goal, but in reality, Moncton still had their one goal lead as Pelletier’s empty netter counted.
The Wildcats would win this one in dramatic fashion 5-4 over the Drakkar and take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a big two points in their first of three road games on this trip!