MONCTON - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped their first game of the Hub City Showcase on Friday afternoon.
The Sea Dogs recorded just 16 shots on goal - which included only two in the third period - in a 4-1 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads at Moncton's Superior Propane Centre.
Cedric Pare, a first round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, scored 38 seconds into the game - and that proved to be Saint John's lone goal of the contest.
The Mooseheads scored two goals early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The highly touted Jared McIsaac scored 51 seconds in and then Ilya Putintsev doubled the Mooseheads' lead at 1:26.
In the third, Ben Higgins scored at 5:14 to make it 3-1 Moose. Raphael Lavoie added further insurance at 15:34 to make it a 4-1 final.
Alex D'Orio, another 2015 first round pick of the Sea Dogs, made 42 saves in the loss. Alexis Gravel played 40 minutes for the Mooseheads and made 13 saves. Kirklin Allen played the third period and made two stops.
It was a penalty filled affair - especially in the third period - with Saint John picking up 64 total penalty minutes while Halifax earned 37.
The Sea Dogs are back in action at the inaugural rookie tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Wildcats.