Mooseheads down Sea Dogs in Truro
Samuel Leblanc assumed the role of shooutout hero on Saturday night lifting the Halifax Mooseheads to a 4-3 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs at Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro, N.S.
Leblanc solved Sea Dogs netminder Christopher Smith in the seventh round of the shootout helping to improve the Mooseheads preseason record to 2-1-0-1.
Vincent Watt opened the scoring for the Mooseheads midway through the first period. Watt, of Ormstown, Que., appeared in 43 games with Halifax last season scoring three times while adding five assists for eight points. The 18-year-old finished Saturday night’s game with two points after assisting on a Matt Murphy even strength goal.
Newly acquired Kelly Bent put the host Mooseheads up by three in the final minutes of the opening period. Bent, who spent last season with the Sea Dogs, joined the Mooseheads last week after being placed on waivers by Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young. A native of Halifax, N.S., Bent had prior stops in P.E.I with the then Rocket and Gatineau with the Olympiques. The 19-year-old finished ninth among QMJHL skaters with 12 fighting majors last season.
Sea Dogs veteran Samuel Dove-McFalls led the visitors in their comeback picking up a goal and an assist. Dove-McFalls, a native of Montreal, Que., scored the game’s lone power play goal before assisting on Mathieu Joseph’s game-tying goal late in regulation. Appearing in two games this preseason, Dove-McFalls has two goals and an assist to his credit.
Mooseheads goaltender Kevin Resop shined in the shootout. After allowing three goals on 19 shots in 30 minutes of play, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native stopped an impressive six consecutive shootout attempts by Saint John. Resop, 17, is sporting a goals against average of 2.49 and a save percentage of .919 per cent.
The Mooseheads will spend a full two weeks away from competition before visiting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sat, Sept. 6 for their fifth-and-final preseason game. Halifax opens the regular season against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan a week later – Fri, Sept. 12 – at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre.