The P.E.I. Rocket outshot the Halifax Mooseheads 20-9 in the second but was outscored 3-1 and could not recover Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
The Rocket, trailing 2-1 entering the second period, had a number of good chances but only beat Zachary Fucale once, as the Mooseheads head home with a 5-2 victory.
Josh Currie had a goal and an assist for the Rocket while Matej Beran scored the team’s other goal in front of more than 2,600 people at the Civic Centre. Ben Duffy added an assist.
Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two assist for the Mooseheads. Martin Frk and Stephen MacAulay had a goal and an assist while Brennan Bailey and Charlottetown’s Brent Andrews also scored.
Brooklyn’s Darcy Ashley, Andrew Ryan, Konrad Abeltshauser, Luca Ciampini, MacKenzie Weegar and Stefan Fournier had assists.
Fucale made 32 saves for the win while Maxime Lagace stopped 14 of 19 shots in the loss before being replaced by Antoine Bibeau, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the 25:31 he played.
It was the Rocket’s third game in as many days.
The Moosheads improved to 46-6-2-1 while the Rocket fell to 32-22-2.
P.E.I. is back in action Thursday when it hosts Drummondville at 7 p.m.
Rumors via Twitter Sunday said the Rocket would soon be sold and moved to Sorel-Tracy in southwest Quebec.
Rocket president and governor Serge Savard Jr. flatly denied the report, which originated out of Quebec.
“They can write whatever they want. The Rocket is here to make it work in P.E.I.,” he said. “If it was sold, I would just go out in public and say it. Why would I hide?”
Savard said he has been battling rumors the team was moving for six years.
Asked by The Guardian Sunday night if there were any recent talks about moving the team or if people were calling asking to buy the team that could have led to the rumor circulating, Savard said: “No, zero. I don’t know who gets these things (started).”
Savard has heard there is a group interested in putting a team in the Sorel-Tracy.