SEA DOGS – MOOSEHEADS GAME AT A GLANCE
Final Score: Halifax 1, Saint John 7
Saint John Goals: Zach Phillips (18, 19), Nathan Beaulieu (5), Tomas Jurco (14), Jonathan Huberdeau (16), Stanislav Galiev (12), and Scott Oke (4)
Halifax Goals: Francis Turbide (4)
Winning Goaltender: SNB – Frederic Piche
Losing Goaltender: HAL – Mathieu Corbeil
News 88.9 Top Dog: Simon Despres
Power Play: Mooseheads: 0/5, Saint John: 3/6
Shots on Goal: Mooseheads: 6+12+16=34, Sea Dogs: 17+8+11=36
SAINT JOHN SCRATCHES
Michael Kirkpatrick served the second game of a three-game suspension he received for checking Alex MacDonald of the Moncton Wildcats from behind last Sunday. The Sea Dogs 20-year old center will serve the final game of his suspension Wednesday when Saint John visits Bathurst.
Defenseman Guillaume Cloutier was a healthy scratch.
DOWN GOES HALIFAX. DOGS WIN 7-1.
The Saint John Sea Dogs took an early lead and never looked back as the home team cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
"I think we were moving our feet,'' said Simon Despres to the Telegraph-Journal. "We have a lot of skill and we're scoring lots of goals, but we're also focusing on playing defence, so we're hard to beat.
"We're trying to get the puck out of our zone as fast as we can and going on transitions as fast as we can. We're working on that in practice and it showed today.''
Zach Phillips opened the scoring just 34 seconds in on a breakaway following a Halifax turnover. Phillips gave his team a 2-0 lead at 14:31 after he crept off the side boards and beat Mathieu Corbeil with a hard wrist shot.
In the second period, Nathan Beaulieu scored on a one-timer at the top of the circle at 4:42 to give Saint John a 3-0 lead. Tomas Jurco then made it four straight goals for the Dogs when he finished a great pass from Huberdeau at 17:40.
The Mooseheads got on the board at 2:31 when Francis Turnbide beat Frederic Piche in the crease on what looked like a bit of confusion among Saint John players. But less than a minute later, Huberdeau got the Sea Dogs’ four goal lead back with a power play marker.
Stanislav Galiev made it a 6-1 affair at 9:53 of the third after Ryan Tesink gave him a nice drop pass. Scott Oke finished off the scoring 12:31, making it a 7-1 final.
The Mooseheads are fighting with a few injuries right now to some of their key players. From today’s Chronicle Herald:
Mooseheads forwards Gabriel Desjardins and Luca Ciampini are back on the injury list with headaches and Gerrad Grant is still out with a high ankle sprain.PHILLIPS ON FIRE
Zach Phillips has been a tear of late, scoring two goals in a game for the third straight contest. Phillips scored two in Moncton last Sunday, two versus Bathurst Friday, and finished it off with two goals yesterday.
The Fredericton native added an assist against the Moose as well to go along with a +2 rating and five shots. His efforts this past weekend earned him first star honours in the league this week.
As JT pointed out in an earlier post, Phillips has recorded eight goals and seven assists in eight November games.
According to Halifax head coach/owner/tall person Bobby Smith, Saint John’s quick start was deadly for the Herd.
“They scored right away and that’s about the worst thing that can happen against a good team like that,” said Smith to Metro Halifax. “We fought back, but it was a difficult game against those guys, and, you know … tough loss.”
Halifax did have a few minutes of offensive pressure but not a whole lot. The Moose did manage to outshoot Saint John in both the second and third period by a total of 28-19.
The Sea Dogs remain perfect on home ice this season. Saint John improved to 13-0-0-1 at Harbour Station this year with their victory Sunday.
Also, the Sea Dogs improved to a perfect 4-0-0-0 against the Herd this season with the win.
It was another solid game for the Bachelor Line featuring 2011 draft prospects Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, and Zach Phillips.
The line combined for four goals and four assists with Phillips recording two goals and Huberdeau producing three assists.
Ryan Tesink was named the Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Game… Danick Gauthier broke two sticks… it was the first start in some time for Mooseheads goaltender Mathieu Corbeil. He allowed all seven goals but made some nice saves. He wasn’t awful… each Saint John line scored a goal with the exception of the checking line... Zach Phillips still leads the team in goals. He now has three more than Jonathan Huberdeau's 16... to relive the game, check out the SN Live Blog Replay.
OUT OF TOWN
From The Canadian Press:
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Acadie-Bathurst 4, Cape Breton 2; Montreal 4, Drummondville 3 (OT); Rimouski 5, Quebec 1; Moncton 5, Shawinigan 2; and Val-d'Or 4, Baie-Comeau 1.
The Sea Dogs travel to Bathurst Wednesday to face the Titan at 7:30 pm.