Friday, August 18, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 5-4 (OT)

FINAL (OT): Halifax 5, Saint John 4

MONCTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped their first game of the 2017 Rookie Challenge on Friday afternoon.

Despite leading for much of the game and then tying things up in the final minute, the Sea Dogs fell 5-4 in overtime to the Halifax Mooseheads at Moncton’s Superior Propane Centre.

Halifax’s newest weapons – first-round picks Justin Barron and Xavier Parent – teamed up to score the overtime goal. Barron also had a goal in regulation time while singles came from Kyle Petten, Patrick Kyte and Felix Gascon. Maxime Emery made 25 saves in the loss.

Saint John goals came from Ben Reid, Alexandre Lafreniere, Jeremie Jacob and Kevin Mason. Stewart Bagnell played the first half of the game and allowed a goal on nine shots. Andrew McLeod played the second half, allowing four goals on 19 shots.

Saint John dominated the first period, outshooting Halifax 12-3. Reid opened the scoring at 2:21, firing an innocent looking wrist shot from along the boards on net, beating Emery low blocker side.

Lafreniere doubled Saint John’s lead at 15:29, putting in a rebound.

The tides turned in the second period with the Mooseheads getting off to a great start. At 2:03, Petten beat Bagnell upstairs. Then at 11:25, Kyte beat McLeod on the first shot he faced, tying the match up at 2-2.

The Sea Dogs didn’t mail it in, though, and played better after the tying goal. At 12:18, Jacob scored a nice goal to give the Dogs a 3-2 advantage and some momentum back.

In the third, Halifax tied the game on a power play at 5:55 on a point shot from Barron. Then at 14:49, Gascon scored to give Halifax their first lead of the game.

After failing to connect on a couple good chances with just under three minutes remaining, the Sea Dogs would be rewarded for their efforts. With 39.8 seconds remaining in regulation, Isiah Campbell fed Mason to tie the game at 4-4.

In overtime, it took Barron just 31 seconds to give the Moose the win.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs play the host Moncton Wildcats tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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