Saturday, October 6, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Mooseheads 4, Sea Dogs 3

A collection of recaps from last night’s 4-3 Saint John Sea Dogs loss to the Halifax Mooseheads…

Our recap. It was moose hunting season in the Port City on Friday night as the Saint John Sea Dogs took on the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). Jonathan Huberdeau and Olivier Leblanc each notched a goal and an assist for the Sea Dogs (4-2-0-0), while Jurij Repe added a solo marker. Saint John led 1-0 after the first period and the contest was tied 2-2 through 40 minutes. Second-year goalie Sebastien Auger stopped 43 shots.

The Chronicle Herald’s recap. There were all kinds of twists and turns in Friday’s QMJHL game in Saint John, but the Halifax Mooseheads wound up with the win when it was all said and done.

Metro Halifax’s recap. The Halifax Mooseheads have reeled off a third straight victory.’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads met for the first time in the 2012-13 season in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night. The Mooseheads took the contest 4-3 in front of 4,672 fans at Harbour Station.’s recap. Brent Andrews is often at his best when his team is shorthanded.  That was evident again Friday night in Saint John as the Murray River PEI native scored on a shorthanded breakaway to give the Moose a 4-3 come from behind win over the Sea Dogs. 

MISSING IN ACTION: Forwards Mackenzie Brown (knee), Spencer Smallman (shoulder), Matthew Highmore (shoulder), and Stephen MacAulay (AHL Camp) along with defensemen Pierre Durepos (hip), David Weckworth (knees), and Kevin Gagne (AHL Camp) did not play for Saint John.

DEBUT: Steven Duda made his Sea Dogs debut on Friday night. The American defenseman signed with the team earlier this week. He finished the game with two shots and two penalty minutes. He was paired with Ryan Kelly.

REPE: Jurij Repe scored his first QMJHL goal at 8:19 of the first on a five-on-three power play. Jonathan Huberdeau fed him the puck and the defenseman fired a hard, quick shot past Mooseheads goaltender Chris Clarke. Repe later took an interference penalty in the period but the Dogs would kill it off.

SECOND: The Mooseheads had a big second period. Jonathan Drouin scored just 13 seconds in and then Martin Frk scored another at 16:12 on a five-on-three man advantage. Halifax outshot Saint John 20-7 in the 20-minute frame. Ouch.

LEBLANC: Defenseman Olivier Leblanc recorded his first goal in QMJHL at 2:34 of the third period. That gave Saint John a very brief 3-2 lead as Andrew Ryan netted the equalizer at 4:27. Leblanc now has a goal and four assists in six career QMJHL games.

CUOMO: Marcus Cuomo recorded his first point in the QMJHL, assisting on Oliver Leblanc’s third period goal.

HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau had another goal and another assist in Friday night, giving him 10 points on the year. His goal was quite impressive as he, while parked in the corner, banked the puck off a Moosehead and in to give Saint John a 2-1 lead at the time.

In the third, Huberdeau had his fourth career fight in the league as he dropped the gloves with Martin Frk in an unexpected tilt. According to, Huberdeau’s last fight came in February 2011.

BIG THREE: Zach Fucale didn’t even play, so it was basically a “big two” on Friday night. Nathan MacKinnon had a fairly quiet night, recording an assist and seven shots.

Jonathan Drouin was the big star on Friday and was probably Halifax’s best player. He registered a goal, an assist, and six shots in his first star performance.

CLARKE: Chris Clarke registered his first win of the season and first as a Moosehead, making 31 saves on 34 shots. He is now 1-0 with a 3.46 GAA and a 0.902 save percentage.

AUGER: What more can you say about Sebastien Auger? He was solid again, making 43 saves in the loss. He made several big stops once again and gave the Dogs a chance to win this thing. Auger’s GAA is now 2.15 to accompany a 0.938 SV%

SHORTHANDED: Brent Andrews scored the winner on a breakaway while the Mooseheads were down four men to three. The Mooseheads have now recorded five shorthanded goals on the season.

NOTES: Nathan MacKinnon had a Mooseheads high seven shots… Steve Gillard had four hits… Jonathan Huberdeau led the Sea Dogs in shots with five… bunch of Sea Dogs had three hits. They out hit Halifax 24-19… Jurij Repe was a -2… both teams went 1/5 on the power play… the Sea Dogs fell to 2-1-0-0 when scoring first.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV.

SPORTSNET: The Dogs made Sportsnet, you guys.
Victoriaville 3 at Quebec 4 (OT)
Acadie-Bathurst 2 at Baie-Comeau 5
P.E.I. 2 at Blainville-Boisbriand 6
Moncton 0 at Chicoutimi 1
Shawinigan 4 at Drummondville 3
Sherbrooke 4 at Gatineau 7
Cape Breton 4 at Rouyn-Noranda 3

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs battle the Mooseheads again tonight at 7pm at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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