February 21, 2012
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs led a two-goal lead get away in the third period, but Charlie Coyle’s short-handed goal gave them a 4-3 win over the Halifax Mooseheads Tuesday.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists for Saint John, Zack Phillips had a goal and a helper and Charles Roussel chipped in a single as the Sea Dogs won their 12th in a row before 4,889 fans at Harbour Station. Nathan Beaulieu had three assists and Sebastien Auger made 20 saves to earn the win and improve Saint John’s record to 42-14-0-2. The Dogs moved back into sole possession of first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and extended the longest winning streak in the league this season.
Jonathan Drouin scored twice for the Mooseheads and Ryan Falkenham also found the target. Zachary Fucale made 34 saves in a losing cause for the Mooseheads, who fell to 33-19-2-4.
The Sea Dogs outshot Halifax 13-7 and had several glorious chances to score in the first period but managed just one goal, a power play marker by Phillips at 13:02. Huberdeau fed the puck back to Beaulieu in the high slot, he faked a shot then found Phillips to Fucale’s right, where he buried his 28th.
Roussel made it 2-0 at 15:19 of the second. After Roussel, Beaulieu and Phillips broke in on a 3-on-1, Beaulieu found Huberdeau trailing as the fourth man. His shot from the slot squeaked through Fucale and Roussel knocked it in the rest of the way for his 12th.
Drouin cut the lead in half, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play at 16:50 of the second, but Huberdeau restored the two-goal cushion at 18:57. The Saint John captain deposited Beaulieu’s rebound for his 20th of the season, with the other assist going to Phillips. Saint John finished with a 15-7 edge in shots in the second.
Halifax got a break early in the third when Falkenham picked Beaulieu’s pocket at Auger’s right and knocked it in just 15 seconds into the frame. Drouin then equalized with a power-play goal at 9:07.
The Sea Dogs got the game winner while short-handed at 12:32 of the third. Coyle forced a turnover at the Sea Dogs blueline and went in on a 2-on-1 with Huberdeau. The pair executed a perfect give-and-go and Coyle finished for his 10th.
The Mooseheads made a late charge with Fucale on the bench in favour of an extra attacker. Nathan MacKinnon came close to tying it when he hit the crossbar in the final minute, but the Dogs weathered the storm.
The Sea Dogs are on the road Saturday to take on the Moncton Wildcats at 7 p.m. Tim Roszell will have the call on News 88.9 FM. Fans can also catch all the action online via the official TELUS QMJHL webcast (click HERE to order; charges apply). The Dogs are back home Sunday when the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles come to town for a 3 p.m. start. Sundays are Family Fun Days and four-ticket packs are available for $46. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office, by calling 506-657-1234 or online at www.tickets.harbourstation.ca. Fans are reminded to cash in their flex packs early as just five home games remain.