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Drouin, MacKinnon lead Halifax to 12th straight win

by Adam Kimelman

Thanks to their two top 2013 NHL Draft prospects, the Halifax Mooseheads remained the hottest team in junior hockey.

Jonathan Drouin had a hat trick and linemate Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as Halifax beat the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-2 on Saturday for their 12th straight victory (the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League beat the Victoria Royals later Saturday to win its 12th straight game).

Jonathan Drouin

At 28 points, Halifax leads Blainville-Boisbriand by four points in the standings. Their 78 goals are eight more than any team has scored, and they've allowed just 38 goals, third-fewest in the league.

On Saturday Chicoutimi took a 2-0 lead after one period, but Halifax scored six straight to close the game.

Drouin, in just his second game back from missing time with an upper-body injury, started the scoring run with his eighth goal of the season 1:09 into the second period.

MacKinnon's 13th of the season, on the power play, tied the game

Nathan MacKinnon

at 13:55 of the second, and then Drouin scored the go-ahead goal

1:54 into the third. He finished the hat trick -- with an assist from MacKinnon -- at 5:56 of the third.

The goal extended MacKinnon's streak to a league-best nine straight. He's scored 14 goals in his scorching play, and his 18 lead the league. He also has a point in 11 straight, the second-longest current streak in the league. He has 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) during his streak, and is tied for fourth in the league on the season with 28 points.

With 22 points in just nine games, Drouin is second to MacKinnon in scoring for the Mooseheads.

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