DARTMOUTH, NS – The Saint John Sea Dogs were handed their first loss of the pre-season on Thursday night at the hands of the Halifax Mooseheads. Cole McLaren backstopped the Mooseheads to a 4-3 win with an impressive 42 saves. Saint John is now 2-1-0-0 in the pre-season.
17-year-old Mathias Savoie got the start in goal splitting time with Noah Patenaude, the recently signed Swiss national team goalie.
Saint John opened the game with an extended power play after Joel Bishop ran Kale McCallum into the boards and received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. McCallum remained in the game.
After close to 15 minutes of scoreless play William Poirier got the Sea Dogs on the board first with a nifty breakaway backhand finish.
Saint John led the shots in the first 14-6.
Four minutes into the second period Halifax tied the game when Gavin Hart knocked in a rebound. The Mooseheads then took the lead three minutes later when Senna Peeters redirected a a Marcel Barinka shot.
Saint John replied with a power play goal of their own when Dawson Stairs scored his first of the pre-season at 16:38. The Fredericton, NB product has looked impressive this training camp and has shown great chemistry with fellow 17-year-old Alex Drover.
Noah Patenaude took over for Mathias Savoie in the Sea Dog’s goal halfway through the second. Savoie finished with nine saves. This was Patenaude’s pre-season debut and first game in North America.
Saint John carried a 29-14 shot lead into the third period.
Ten minutes into the third period Maxim Cajkovic found a rebound and ripped a shot into the open cage to give Saint John a 3-2 lead.
The lead was short lived as penalties proved costly for the Dogs. Connor McCluskey went off for high sticking at 13:39. Less than a minute later Deakin-Poot locked up with Cameron Whynot and both received roughing penalties with Deakin-Poot getting an extra two minutes for tripping.
On the ensuing power play Halifax tied the game 3-3 on a Peeters redirect of a Jason Horvath shot. Samuel Dubé sealed the game for Halifax at 17:19 with their third power play goal of the night.
Saint John and Halifax will tangle again on Friday night at the Garcelon Civic Centre in St. Stephen. Game time is 7PM.