SEA DOGS STONEWALLED BY FORMER GOALIE IN HALIFAX
HALIFAX – Blade Mann-Dixon turned aside 46 shots against his former team to lead the Halifax Mooseheads to a 4-1 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs Saturday at Scotiabank Centre.
Otto Somppi, Maxime Fortier, Frederic Aube and Nico Hischier scored for Halifax (18-18-1-2), which have won three straight games.
Spencer Smallman scored the only goal for Saint John (24-11-3-1).
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Mooseheads got off to a quick start with two goals 1:14 apart before the seven-minute mark.
Defenceman Brett Crossley took a shot from the right point that Somppi, parked in the high slot, deflected past Callum Booth’s blocker and inside the right post to open the scoring.
The league’s leading scorer made it a 2-0 game.
Hischier carried the puck down the left side on a 2-on-1, and fired a shot that Booth kicked in front of his net. Fortier snapped the rebound into an open cage.
Smallman cut the Sea Dogs’ deficit in half just 97 seconds into the second period.
The Saint John captain carried the puck down the left wing on a 2-on-1 and rifled a wrist shot past the glove of Mann-Dixon.
Aube restored the two-goal lead nearly halfway through the frame, firing a shot from the right circle that Booth stopped. The rebound bounced off of a Sea Dog player in front of the crease and skipped across the goal line.
Most of the third period was spent in the Mooseheads zone. Saint John outshot Halifax 19-1 in the final frame, but could not beat Mann-Dixon.
The home side’s only shot of the third was the empty-net goal by Hischier, who feathered the puck from the right wing side of the Sea Dog blueline into the open net with two minutes to go.
Mann-Dixon, a former Saint John draft pick who played three games with the Sea Dogs two seasons ago, was named first star in a 46-save performance. Booth made 13 stops in a losing cause.
Somppi took second star with his goal. Smallman grabbed third star with a goal on five shots in front of 7,183 fans in attendance.
Saint John’s next game is Sunday, January 8th at 3 p.m. against Halifax at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office, or fans can save money and buy online.
The Sea Dogs are hosting their annual Season Ticket Holder Skate following the game, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Harbour Station.
It’s also a PALS cereal drive. Fans are asked to bring boxes of nutritious cereal or cereal bars to the game and drop them off inside the main doors of the concourse or at the Season Ticket Holder entrance. Cash donations will also be accepted.