36 shots on goal weren’t enough as the Halifax Moosheads defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs by a score of 4-0 on Monday afternoon at Harbour Station. Saint John is now 12-41-2-2 on the season.
The Sea Dogs went to the penalty kill to start the game when Nicholas Deakin-Poot was called for hooking just 58 seconds in. James White had a short handed breakaway attempt but his back handed went high over the net.
Halifax opened the scoring at 12:38 when Arnaud Durandeau scored his 27th of the season squeezing it in between Bouthillier and the post to go up 1-0.
Saint John went to their first power play at 14:39 after Xavier Parent tripped Josh Lawrence coming out of the Sea Dogs zone. Saint John couldn’t convert with the man advantage but did manage some sustained pressure and quality shots on Cole McLaren.
Halifax took an 11-10 shot lead into the 1st period intermission.
The Sea Dogs were called for too many players at 5:28 of the second period but no damage was done on the ensuing power play.
Saint John controlled much of the pace in the second period while Cole McLaren and Zachary Bouthillier traded big stops back and forth.
Saint John they finally had McLaren beat but the net came off its moorings during a scramble in front and the goal was called off.
Brock McLeod would tally his 3rd of the campaign on an in close one timer after Marcel Barinka centered it from behind the net making it 2-0 Halifax at 15:55 of the second.
Shots in the period favoured Halifax 13-12.
Emotions started to boil over as the third opened and it was James White and Patrick Kyte going off for cross-checking penalties after a six man scrum broke out behind the Mooseheads net.
Halifax would add another at 11:58 when Joel Bishop lifted home his 10th of the season to make it 3-0. Mcleod would add another, his second of the game, with under four to go in the game.
Saint John would throw everything they had at McLaren but he would make several spectacular saves, much to the chagrin of those in attendance at Harbour Station. The final score, 4-0.
Zachary Bouthillier was very strong in net for the Sea Dogs stopping 41 shots. McLaren was a perfect 36 for 36 in the win.
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Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Brock McLeod
2 – Cole McLaren
3 – Zachary Bouthillier
Saint John takes to the road for their next four games before returning to Harbour Station to take on the Victoriaville Tigres at 3PM on March 3rd.