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P.E.I. Rocket forward Erik Robichaud, left, tries to catch Halifax Mooseheads Matthew Boudreau as he skates up the ice at Halifax Metro Centre Thursday night during QMJHL action.
The Halifax Mooseheads scored two goals in 32 seconds and handed the P.E.I. Rocket its third straight loss Thursday in Halifax.
Dominic Beauchemin scored twice to lead the Canadian Hockey League’s top-ranked Mooseheads to a 3-1 victory. Matthew Boudreau also scored in the win.
Josh Currie replied with his 28th goal of the season for the Rocket. The marker was his league-leading sixth short-handed tally on the season.
Antoine Bibeau made 23 saves on 26 shots before being replaced by Maxime Lagace. The goalie switch came after Bibeau gave up two goals in 32 seconds with about seven minutes remaining in the second period.
Lagace stopped all nine shots he faced in relief. Zachary Fucale made 28 saves for the win.
Brad Cuzner, Steve Gillard, Luca Ciampini, Austyn Hardie, Brendan Duke and MacKenzie Weegar has assists for the Mooseheads.
The Moose were playing without stars Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Martin Frk. The first two were named to Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship Thursday night while Frk is with the Rocket’s Tomas Pavelka and Matej Beran with the Czech Republic team.
P.E.I. falls to 17-13-2 while Halifax improved to 26-3-1-1.
The Rocket looks to snap the losing streak Friday when they travel to Sydney, N.S. to play the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (8-20-2-4). The Eagles are 1-8-0-1 in their last 10 games with the shutout loss coming Dec. 2 in Charlottetown.