Wednesday, February 23, 2011

POSTSCRIPT: Mooseheads 1, Sea Dogs 4

Final Score: Halifax 1, Saint John 4
Saint John Goals: Michael Kirkpatrick (27), Tomas Jurco (28), Nathan Beaulieu (11), and Stanislav Galiev (28)
Halifax Goals: Matthew Boudreau (9)
Winning Goaltender: SNB – Mathieu Corbeil
Losing Goaltenders: HAL – Anthony Terenzio
News 88.9 Top Dog: Stanislav Galiev

Power Play: Mooseheads: 0/5; Sea Dogs: 2/3
Shots on Goal: Mooseheads: 10+7+6=23; Sea Dogs: 12+14+10=36
Length: 2:08
Attendance: 3,685

Defenseman Gabriel Bourret and forwards Scott Oke and Ryan Tesink were all healthy scratches.

The Saint John Sea Dogs continued their season long domination of the Halifax Mooseheads with a 4-1 victory at Harbour Station Tuesday night. It was the last meeting of the season between the two teams with Saint John winning all eight games.

After Halifax failed to score on three power play opportunities, Michael Kirkpatrick opened up the scoring at 14:51 of the first period. Kevin Gagne fired the puck on goal and produced a rebound that was picked up and dished in by Kirkpatrick to give the Dogs a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.

In the second, Tomas Jurco scored on the power play with Kirkpatrick picking up the lone assist. Fast forward to 13:24 of the middle frame, Eric Gelinas put the puck on a tee for Nathan Beaulieu who one-timed a point shot through traffic and past Mooseheads netminder Anthony Terenzio to give Saint John a 3-0 edge after two.

Matthew Boudreau got the Herd on the board at 2:39 of the final frame. A point shot nailed Boudreau in front of the net but made the smart play of finding the puck and sliding it past Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corbeil to make it a 3-1 affair.

But the Dogs would have the last laugh as Stanislav Galiev blasted home his 28th of the season at 11:12 to give the Dogs a 4-1 win over the lowly Mooseheads.

The victory gave the Sea Dogs their 14th consecutive victory. The win was also Saint John’s 21st straight game without a regulation loss. Over that 21-game span, the Dogs are 20-0-1-0 with the one loss coming at home against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The win also kept Saint John's season long home streak alive. They are now 28-0-1-1 at Harbour Station and still have not suffered a regulation loss at home with four matches remaining.

The Mooseheads' power play just didn’t come to play on Tuesday night. Their first man advantage was quite good but seemed to go downhill from there. They went 0-for-3 in the first period and 0-for-5 overall.

"Everybody has their hands full against these guys but we actually played a pretty good game," said Mooseheads head coach Bobby Smith to the Chronicle Herald. "We had a real good power-play early in the first and could’ve gotten the lead but we played a strong game. I don’t think the scoring chances were lopsided. They got a couple of power-play goals in the second but we did a lot of good things.”

The Sea Dogs went a solid 2-for-3 on the man advantage.

"Our special teams were really good,'' Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant said to the Telegraph-Journal. "That was the key to our game tonight. Sometimes you have those emotional victories, like on the weekend, and tonight was a mid-week game where the atmosphere wasn't there. But we found a way to win again and I thought Corbeil was outstanding.''

Both goaltenders were good in this match. Anthony Terenzio made some nice stops in the loss, making 32 saves in total.

"Anthony was quite solid," Smith said. "He played a good game and there were a couple of power-play goals in the second period where he couldn’t really do anything about it."

At the other end, former Mooseheads goaltender Mathieu Corbeil continues to show improvement as the season rolls along. Corbeil made 22 saves in the win, earning him third star honours. The victory also evened his record to 15-15-1-1 on the year.

One of his best stops came when he made a nice pad stop on a the voweless wonder Martin Frk in the third period.

Stanislav Galiev is on a bit of a hot streak of late. The Washington Capitals prospect has now scored in four straight contests to go along with two assists over that time period.

He has been playing very well of late on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Zack Phillips. The Russian hit a drought after Christmas but has since heated up. Since January 14, a span of 16 games, Galiev has 11 goals.

In total, Galiev has 28 goals and 25 assists this season. He had 15 goals and 45 assists last season while playing most of the year on the Dogs' top line with Mike Hoffman and Nick Petersen.

He only had one assist in the match, but Jonathan Huberdeau was cruising around the ice last night. The 17-year old was doing all kinds of spins and stuff and the Mooseheads just could not contain him as he drove to the net.

Halifax play-by-play man John Moore made a video of Huberdeau’s moves:


Zack Phillips led the way with five shots for Saint John… Carl Gelinas led the way for the Mooseheads, getting five pucks on net… Danick Gauthier, Jason Cameron, and Jonathan Huberdeau led the Sea Dogs in hits with three each… Brent Andrews had four hits for the Mooseheads… Pierre Durepos’ name was spelt wrong on the video board at Harbour Station. Happy early birthday to him… this was the last weekday home game of the season for the Dogs… this match ended the Sea Dogs’ four-game homestand… the two points give Saint John 101 total points on the year. They are the seventh team in QMJHL history to record back-to-back 100-point campaigns… according to Metro Halifax, the Sea Dogs have “beaten the Mooseheads in 12 straight dating back to last season and won 18 of the past 19 head-to-head matchups”… to relive the game, visit the SN Live Blog Replay.

  • Probably the last weekday game at Harbour Station for awhile. They won’t be missed.
  • Big road trip coming up.

The Sea Dogs are in Gatineau Friday night to play the Olympiques at 8:30 pm. It is the first of a three-in-three Quebec road swing for the Dogs.

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