Friday, November 17, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 7-2

FINAL: Saint John 7, Halifax 2
HALIFAX - Well, would you look at that.

Led by Daniel Hardie, the Saint John Sea Dogs had an offensive outburst on Friday night at Scotiabank Centre, upsetting the Halifax Mooseheads 7-2.

The win was Saint John's first regulation time victory since Oct. 6. The win also ended a five losing streak and a seven game road losing skid.

Play was pretty even until a couple of quick Saint John goals midway through the second, which made it 4-2 Sea Dogs. The goals seemed to deflate Halifax and - combined with some opportunistic scoring - gave the Dogs momentum for the rest of the game.

Daniel Hardie scored a hat trick, Cedric Pare scored twice and singles came from Ostap Safin and Matt Green. Radim Salda recorded four assists. Matt Williams made 25 saves in the victory.

Saint John's power play had another strong night, going 3/5.

Connor Moynihan and Filip Zadina scored for the Mooseheads. Alexis Gravel was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots. Blade Mann-Dixon allowed three goals on 13 shots in relief.

The Mooseheads scored just 1:13 into the game. Zadina made a nice spin move in front, delivering a perfect pass to an open Moynihan. That made it 1-0 for the home side.
Saint John bounced back from the early goal against though, creating a few decent opportunities om odd man rushes.

Saint John went to the power play at 14:54 of the first. On the man advantage, Salda fed Pare down low who one timed the puck past Gravel, tying the match at 1-1.

After failing to score on a couple power plays, Hardie scored at 10:21 to put Saint John in front for the first time. Hardie took a pass from Isiah Campbell and ripped a wrist shot short side on Gravel.

Halifax tied things back up at 12:46. Otto Somppi made an unreal between the legs pass to Zadina who beat Williams with a quick shot, making it 2-2.
The Sea Dogs quickly retook the lead. At 13:14, Joe Veleno fed an open Safin who scored with a one-time shot. Then at 13:42, Hardie netted his second of the night, just getting enough wood on a shot to sneak the puck under Gravel. The goals made it 4-2 Saint John and ended Gravel's night in net.

Hardie completed his second period hat trick at 19:03, ripping a wrister top corner on Mann-Dixon, giving Saint John a 5-2 advantage after two periods.

Saint John added two more goals late in the third. On a five-on-three power play at 14:42, Hardie was down low and found Pare in the slot. The Boston Bruins prospect beat Mann-Dixon five hole to make it 6-2.

Then on a five-on-four power play at 16:14, Green redirected a Nathan Larose point shot to make it a 7-2 final.

The Sea Dogs were without goaltender Alex D'Orio (lower body); defencemen Brendan O'Reilly (suspended) and Marcus Tesink (healthy); and forwards Cole Reginato (lower body), Samuel Leblanc (healthy) and Ben Reid (healthy).

With D'Orio injured, the Sea Dogs started Matt Williams, who had missed the previous five games due to an injury. Joel Goguen, who was signed as an affiliate earlier in the week, acted as back up.

O'Reilly served what is expected to be the final game of a suspension he was handed in the BCHL. He was suspended six games on Nov. 2 for leaving the bench to engage in an altercation.

This was just the second meeting of the season between the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads and first in Halifax. The only previous meeting was opening night at Harbour Station... Bailey Webster was the only overager the Sea Dogs dressed in this game... the Mooseheads wore some spiffy grey jerseys in honour of DND Appreciation Night... Salda has points in three straight games... Pare now has a career high seven goals on the season... Daniel Hardie recorded his first career hat trick... Samuel Duchesne recorded his first point as a Sea Dog... Pare finished the night with two goals and two assists... Pare took a hard high stick to the nose from Walter Flower in the third period but did return to the ice... Isiah Campbell had two assists... three of Saint John's five wins this year have come on the road... Saint John's seven goals scored was a season high.

The Sea Dogs visit the Islanders in Charlottetown on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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