Mooseheads drop decision to division best Dogs


The red hot Saint John Sea Dogs showed why they are among the best in the QMJHL in a 7-4 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday night at Scotiabank Centre. The veteran laden team scored multiple goals in each period to pick up their sixth consecutive victory to pull within one point of league-leading Shawinigan.

The Mooseheads lived up to their never-quit mentality and got a late goal from Otto Somppi to make it interesting, but a empty net tally by Bokondji Imama sealed the deal for the Dogs in front of 7,375 fans at Scotiabank Centre. Somppi added an assist and has now scored nine points in his last six games while his linemate Jake Coughler improved his current points streak to eight consecutive games with one goal and one assist.

“You know they’ve got a lot of skill on that side and we just didn’t come out the way we wanted to I don’t think,” Coughler said.

The Sea Dogs capitalized on two of their four power play opportunities which included a two-man advantage near the end of the first period. Saint John finished ahead in the shots department 31-19.

“We drifted from our style of play and I think that’s what hurt us.”

The Mooseheads briefly held the lead in the game after Nico Hischier scored his 37th goal of the season when he made a nice deke in tight on goalie Callum Booth following a terrific pass from Arnaud Durandeau. The goal put Halifax in front 2-1 at 10:01 of the first period.

Spencer Smallman and Jakub Zboril scored twice for the Dogs before the horn and the Herd found themselves in a 3-2 hole after 20 minutes. Second star of the game Arnaud Durandeau made a nice deflection in front of Booth early in the second period to tie the game 3-3 but the visitors were able to pull away after that point. Durandeau had a pair of assists and finished the night with three points.

Cole Reginato’s two goals book-ended the game-winner on the power play from Samuel Dove-McFalls which came at 12:37 of the second period. Reginato was named the first star of the game while Smallman’s one goal and two assist effort earned him the third star.

Alex Gravel made 24 saves in taking the loss while Booth turned aside 15 shots for the victory.

Halifax will head to Moncton for a road game against the woeful Wildcats who have lost 16 straight games including a 13-2 drubbing on Friday at the hands of the Charlottetown Islanders. The Moose square off with the Cats at 4pm Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Halifax will visit the Isles next Friday night at 7pm.

The next home game for the Mooseheads is Sunday, February 12th at 3pm against the Shawinigan Cataractes. 

Tickets are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, or by phone at 902-451-1221.

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