HALIFAX – The Saint John Sea Dogs’ winning streak over the Halifax Mooseheads has come to an end.
The Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Halifax Metro Centre in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action, ending Saint John’s 15-game winning streak over the Herd.
Matthew Boudreau scored twice for Halifax while Martin Frk added a solo marker. Darcy Ashley chipped in with two assists. Zachary Fucale made 24 saves in the win.
Saint John had goals from Tomas Jurco and Danick Gauthier. Sebastien Auger took the loss in goal, allowing three goals on 19 shots.
The Sea Dogs were very undisciplined in this one, giving the Mooseheads seven power play opportunities. Halifax would score two of their goals on the man advantage. Saint John played well in the first period despite being down 1-0 but a penalty filled middle frame really seemed to slow them down. The Dogs turned it on again in the third but just couldn’t tie things up.
It was a chippy affair with plenty of rough stuff and a couple of fights. It also featured a controversial ending that saw Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant get tossed from the game.
Overall, both teams played decent considering the players they were missing due to injuries and world junior camps. It will be interesting to see how these two teams stack up in the second half with full lineups.
The Sea Dogs had some pressure on early and headed to the power play at 4:25. One of the Sea Dogs’ better chances came on the power play with Grant West in front but he was unable to tip the puck past Mooseheads goaltender Zachary Fucale.
The Dogs headed back to the man advantage at 8:38 but were unable to create many good scoring chances.
In the second half of the period, the Moose had still not registeted a shot on goal. They managed to hit iron once, and the play went under review, but it was ruled no goal. Finally with just 4:30 remaining in the first, Halifax recorded their first shot on net.
At 16:31, the Mooseheads got their second shot on net and it was a goal. Saint John netminder Sebastien Auger went behind the goal to play the disc. He turned it over to Matthew Boudreau who simply walked out and slid the puck in to make it 1-0.
Shots were 8-3 Sea Dogs in the the first.
The period started on a scary note as Devon Oliver-Dares and Luca Ciampini dropped the gloves. Oliver-Dares got the last shot in but fell to the ice hard, hitting his head. He left the game and did not return.
Penalties were the story of the period as the teams got involved in plenty of rough stuff.
With Tomas Jurco in the box at 5:57, Boudreau accepted a cross ice feed and beat a stretched out Auger upstairs to make it 2-0 Halifax.
At 8:56, Ian Saab and Gabriel Desjardins dropped the gloves. Just prior to the scrap, Grant West was involved in a scrum and picked up a penalty. The Moose couldn’t connect on the power play, though.
A little later on, Denis Creighton had great chance in the slot but failed to get a shot off.
The Sea Dogs took a too many men on the ice penalty at 14:45. While shorthanded, Danick Gauthier had a breakaway. He was stopped originally but got another shot off that rolled along the goal line. With Fucale down and out, Gauthier went behind the net and got the puck at the side but hit the post. A very unfortunate turn of events for the Dogs.
Saint John finally found the score sheet at 18:15. Stephen Anderson was along the goal line and tried to center the puck. It hit a Moosehead skate and went into the pads of Fucale, allowing Jurco to push it in and make it a 2-1 contest.
Halifax headed back to the power play at 18:27 as West headed off again. They had a great chance late in the frame but Auger shut the door.
Halifax had wide shots on goal lead at one point in the period but the Dogs came back. Shots were 11 apiece.
Desjardins had a couple of good chances early in the frame but couldn’t score.
The Sea Dogs had some decent pressure in the first half of the third. Their best chance came when Jason Seed hit iron, nearly tying the game and giving him his first goal as a Sea Dog.
Saint John continued to get some good pressure on as the period continued. But at 14:52, that came to an end when Gauthier headed off for cross-checking. On the power play at 15:36, Martin Frk scored his first goal of the season to give the Moose a 3-1 lead.
Then at 16:19, the Sea Dogs headed to the man advantage and pulled Auger with plenty of time left. They had lots of pressure on but just couldn’t score.
Finally, at 19:04 with the extra attacker on, a Roussel point shot was put in by Gauthier to make it a one-goal affair once again.
In the dying seconds, Anderson had a chance at the side of the net but couldn’t jam it past Fucale. With less than a second left, it looked as though a faceoff should have been in the Halifax zone but was taken out to neutral zone. Gerard Gallant on the Saint John bench lost his mind and was tossed from the game.
Shots were 7-5 Saint John in the third period.
Saint John was 0-for-4 on the power play while Halifax went 2-for-7.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs travel to Cape Breton to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday at 7pm.