Saturday, February 4, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 7-4

FINAL: Saint John 7, Halifax 4
HALIFAX - Make it six straight wins for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Cole Reginato, who has been one of the hottest Sea Dogs offensively of late, scored twice to lead the team to a 7-4 road win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday. Joe Veleno, Spencer Smallman, Jakub Zboril, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Bokondji Imama also scored while Callum Booth made 15 saves.

Halifax goals came from Jake Coughler, Nico Hischier, Arnaud Durandeau and Otto Somppi. Alexis Gravel made 24 saves in the loss.

Despite the Sea Dogs outshooting the Mooseheads by a wide margin for most of the night, the game stayed close. Halifax opened the scoring and had a couple leads in the first period but simply couldn't contain the much older Saint John squad.

The Mooseheads are heading in the opposite direction of the Sea Dogs it seems, now dropping their third straight game.

To the notes...
  • Coughler opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first. After Nathan Noel turned the puck over, Coughler fired a backhander past Booth to give Halifax an early 1-0 lead.
  • Saint John tied the game at 6:03. Simon Bourque fired a point shot that produced a rebound off Gravel's glove. Veleno was on the doorstep, making it 1-1.
  • Halifax went up 2-1 at 10:01. Durandeau fed a streaking Hischier in the slot and then the talented forward deked past Booth, putting Halifax back in front.
  • Smallman tied the game at 2-2 at 11:40, banking the puck off Gravel and in.
  • Saint John headed to a long five-on-three power play late in the first. At 18:39, Zboril connected to give the Sea Dogs their first lead of the night.
  • Not long after Imama exited the box for serving a minor penalty, Durandeau redirected a Jared McIsaac point shot past Booth, tying the game up at 3-3 at 3:09 of the second period.
  • Reginato put Saint John up 4-3 at 10:40, driving to the net and putting his own rebound past Gravel.
  • While on a power play at 12:37 , Dove-McFalls fired a rebound past Gravel, giving Saint John their first two-goal lead of the game.
  • Reginato netted his second of the night at 8:53. On a long breakaway, the gritty forward made a nice move to his forehand and slid the puck past Gravel to make it 6-3 Sea Dogs.
  • On a Mooseheads power play at 16:56, the puck flopped onto the back of Booth. The Dogs goaltender caught the puck in his glove while crossing the goal line, giving Somppi a goal and cutting Saint John's lead to 6-4.
  • Imama hit the empty net at 18:22, making it a 7-4 final.
  • Dove-McFalls has two goals and two assists in his past three games.
  • After scoring in his first three games as a Sea Dog, Julien Gauthier has not scored in five straight.
  • Reginato now has four goals and four assists in his past seven games.
  • Chase Stewart returned to Saint John's lineup, playing in his first game since Dec. 17 (upper body).
  • The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads still have four meetings remaining this season.
  • The Mooseheads honoured Saint John's Team Canada world junior players - Thomas Chabot, Mathieu Joseph and Gauthier - in a ceremony before the game.

Saint John went with 11 forwards and seven defencemen for this game. The Sea Dogs were without Mathieu Joseph (one-game suspension - clipping), Thomas Chabot ("minor upper body" injury), Samuel Leblanc, Landon Quinney and John Warren.

According to Tim Roszell, Chabot is expected to play in tomorrow's game in Sydney.

Cole Reginato's third period goal, which made it 6-3, ended any thoughts of a Mooseheads comeback. Prior to the goal, the Moose had been applying some pressure in the offensive zone.
1. Cole Reginato
2. Spencer Smallman
3. Arnaud Durandeau

The Sea Dogs take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. in Sydney.

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