On paper, the Montreal Juniors should have cleanly beaten the last place Halifax Mooseheads.
Halifax came into the Verdun Auditorium with every statistic inferior to that of the Juniors. As we know, however, statistics are only good for the sake of prognostication and fodder for debate.
On this particular evening, it was another case, however, of one team seemingly wanting it more than the other.
Halifax was in dead last place on the power play as well as on the penalty kill, yet they managed to go 2-for-3 on the man advantage and were able to stop Montreal on all six of their chances on their opportunities.
In addition, the Mooseheads also spread their scoring out among 10 of their players including thier leading scorer Jan Stransky.
While the Mooseheads took over play, a valiant effort was put forth by a newly formed Juniors line of Luke Adam, Nick Layton and Angelo Esposito. The triol figured in all three of Montreal's goals.
The main problem for the Juniors is that there was no secondary scoring to support the trio against a team that was dead last in goals for and third worst in goals against.
Montreal is presently in third place in the Telus West Division, behind Gatineau and Rouyn-Noranda, with a few games in hand. Their next few games are against teams that they should also beat—on paper.