When the roster sheet showed eight players born in 2002 for the Saint John Sea Dogs, one had a sense that it could be a high scoring night in Halifax for the hometown Mooseheads. That’s exactly what happened, granted the Moose worked hard for those goals in skating to a comfortable 10-2 victory.
A pair of team records were set in the process as the Herd exploded for three goals in 31 seconds in the final minute of the opening period. Samuel Asselin struck at 19:03 followed by Keith Getson goals at 19:26 and 19:34. That bested a mark of 44 seconds set in 1995-96 by Jody Shelley, David Carson and Billy Manley. Getson meantime set a team record for two-fastest goals by one player with his pair coming in eight seconds. That beats Jason King’s 2002 record of 17 seconds.
It was a big night on the scoresheet for several Mooseheads with 10 players scoring multiple points and 13 players in total registering at least one point. Patty Kyte led the attack with one goal and three assists and was named the first star. Antoine Morand, Raphael Lavoie and BO Groulx each scored once and added two assists. Jared McIsaac had a trio of helpers while Asselin and Getson each scored twice. Walter Flower chimed in with one goal and one assist. Justin Barron scored once. Ben Higgins had two assists while Brock McLeod, Samuel Dube and Arnaud Durandeau each had one.
Halifax (39-12-2-1) dominated on the power play with five goals on seven opportunities and drilled 49 shots at goalies Zachary Bouthillier and Mikhail Denisov. Bouthillier was pulled by Saint John (12-38-2-2) following the Mooseheads’ sixth goal at 4:46 of the second period. The Sea Dogs were without Head Coach Josh Dixon who was away for family reasons. The young squad added 16-year-olds Connor Richard, Alexis Belisle and Alexandre O’Neill for the game joining a roster that already included three 2002-born defencemen and two 2002 forwards.
BO Groulx opened the scoring for the Moose on the man advantage 5:21 into the game when he wired a one-timer from the top of the circle following a good pass from Morand. Asselin made it 2-0 just 99 seconds later when he came down the middle and beat Bouthillier from the hash marks. The Dogs cut the lead in half on the power play with a goal from Charlie Desroches but Halifax pretty much put the game out of reach with a dominating final minute of the period that buried the young Saint John team and it was 5-1 after 20 minutes.
The Herd built the lead up to 7-1 on goals by Flower and Lavoie before the Sea Dogs scored again in the final minute of the second period. Halifax finished things off in style in the third period with power play tallies by Morand and Barron and an even strength goal by Kyte.
Samuel Asselin’s point scoring streak is now at 13 games with 26 points during that span. He continues to lead the QMJHL in goal scoring with 43. He’s just outside of the top five in the scoring race with 75 points this season.
Cole McLaren earned his second win in as many night with 21 saves. The Herd outshot the Sea Dogs 49-23.
Jared McIsaac was hit into the end boards in the third period and went down awkwardly. He left the game and did not return but is expected to be ready for the next Mooseheads game this Friday night when the team plays host to the Gatineau Olympiques at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop in Scotia Square or charge by phone 902-451-1221.