Logan MacMillan finally snapped out of his early-season scoring funk Thursday night - and so did his Halifax Mooseheads, thanks to a rare second-period outburst.
MacMillan scored twice and added an assist and the Mooseheads scored five times in the middle period en route to a 6-4 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in QMJHL action.
Big things were expected from MacMillan this season, but the Anaheim Ducks' first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2007 draft entered Thursday's game with just two goals, two assists and a minus-three rating in seven games.
The 19-year-old forward shook off his slow start in a wild second period that saw the teams combine for eight goals. First, he assisted on Justin Pender's fourth goal on a power-play at 2:48 to extend the Mooseheads' lead to 2-0. After Baie-Comeau rallied to tie the score two different times, MacMillan gave Halifax the lead for good at 16:02.
Yuri Cheremetiev extended the lead at 16:47, chasing Drakkar starting goalie Marco Cousineau from the net in favour of Marek Benda. MacMillan followed with his second of the game and fourth of the season at 17:39, giving the Mooseheads a 6-3 advantage through 40 minutes.
The six-goal output equals a season high for Halifax (5-10-0-0), which came into the game with a league-low 34 goals. The Mooseheads had scored more than three goals just once in their previous nine games.
In Thursday's other QMJHL game, it was: Saint John 4 Chicoutimi 1.
At Halifax, Tomas Knotek had a goal and two assists while Cheremetiev and Linden Bahm added a goal and an assist apiece in the victory. Defenceman Ben McAskill chipped in with four assists.
Gabriel Bourque and Tommy Samson led the way with a goal and an assist each as the Drakkar (4-7-2-1) continued their defensive struggles. Only the Val-d'Or Foreurs (78) have allowed more goals than Baie-Comeau (63) this season.
Guillaume Goulet and Marc-Andre Laroche added singles in defeat.
Mark Yetman made 21 saves to earn the win for Halifax.
Cousineau and Benda combined to stop 21 shots for the Drakkar.
Sea Dogs 4 Sagueneens 1
At Saint John, N.B., Christopher DiDomenico had a goal and two assists as the Sea Dogs cruised past Chicoutimi for their team-record seventh straight victory.
Steven Anthony and David Stich added singles for Saint John (9-6-0-0).
Sebastien Rioux countered with the lone goal for the Sagueneens (4-10-1-1).