FINAL: Halifax 8, Saint John 3
The 20-year old forward had a goal, an assist, and a +4 rating as he helped the Halifax Mooseheads defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs 8-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
It was a fairly dominating performance by the Mooseheads who led 4-0 after one and 8-1 after two. Halifax came flying out of the gate, scoring two even strength goals, a power play goal, and a shorthanded goal in the first period alone. Oh, and they outshot Saint John 12-4.
Martin Frk recorded a hat trick while other singles came courtesy of Andrew Ryan, Jonathan Drouin, Luca Ciampini, and MacKenzie Weegar. Drouin, the highly touted forward for the 2013 NHL Draft, also registered three assists.
Mooseheads backup goaltender Chris Clarke made 24 saves in the win.
Saint John had goals from Jurij Repe, Maxime Villemaire, and Matthew Highmore.
Goaltender Sebastien Auger was pulled in the second period after allowing six goals on 21 shots. Alex Fournier took over in relief and allowed two goals on 19 shots the rest of the way.
Overall, Halifax out shot Saint John 40-27. The Moose went 2-for-5 on the power play while the Dogs went 1-for-5.
Not a whole lot of positives to take from this game; the Mooseheads are a real good team. At least Highmore, returning from a lower body injury, looked good. Hopefully things go better when the two teams meet for a rematch on Friday.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Dogs travel to Moose Country to face the Herd on Friday night at 7pm.