Scotiabank was not very competitive on Saturday night.
The rebuilding of Bathurst Titan had a small chance against Halifax Mooseheads, who was packed into the host Memorial Cup. It was a one-sided game from start to finish because Mooseheads easily won 9-0.
"The boys were buzzing today," said Halifax goalkeeper Cole McLaren. "Our whole offense was just in the fire." Bathurst tried to do the best, but there is not much you can do when the boys are so hot.
Mooseheads took less than two minutes to get on board and keep up the pressure on the rest of the way. They produced 3-0 and 6-0 lead time without Titan getting the chance to catch their breath.
The 11 points consist of Samuel Asselin (two goals, three assists), Marcel Barinka (two goals) and Ostap Safin (one goal, three assists).
"This line has been really good since the trainers have teamed up," McLaren said. "I am really happy that Marcel and Saf are really starting to find themselves in Halifax, it's really good."
Joel Bishop, with two, Antoine Morand and Bo Groulx and Joel Bishop added goals and McLaren stopped 29 shots for his second off season. Tyriq Outen and Mark Grametbauer did the best in combination with the 38 save save for Bathurst.
"I felt really good tonight," said McLaren, a rookie from Annapolis Royal. "Our team was really easy. The best chance I had was probably my first shot and then it was pretty easy."
The game has sometimes turned into a Power-play clinic for Mooseheads. They converted four of their six chances and looked impressive when they threw a puck. Halifax also killed all four of Bathurst's power plays, including a two-minute two-man advantage in the third season.
"Our strength has been unbelievable for the last few matches," McLaren said. "Boys say it's over 40 percent, which is simply absurd. Hopefully it will continue as the season continues."
Another Mooseheads game is home on Friday against the Saint John Sea dogs. Halifax is now 16-4-1-0 and one place in the first place overall.
"We're starting to move up and it's really nice to see," McLaren said. "We have a few great matches against Charlottetown, Baie-Comeau and Drummondville, which should be good games."
Notes: Samuel Dube, Kyle Petten, Cole Stewart and Denis Toner did not have to dress in Halifax.