Moynihan, Ehlers lead Moose in win over Sea Dogs


After losing to the league worst Acadie-Bathurst Titan Friday night, the Halifax Mooseheads came out flying against the Saint John Sea Dogs Saturday night at Harbour Station.

Danny Moynihan scored a hattrick and Nikolaj Ehlers added four points to propel the visiting Moosheads to a 7-4 win over the Sea Dogs.

The Mooseheads took control of the game early when Connor Moynihan scored 1:13 into the contest to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. It was an unassisted marker.

Timo Meier scored a powerplay goal four minutes later. His 43rd of the season made it 2-0 Mooseheads. Vincent Watt and Cavan Fitzgerald had assists on the powerplay goal.

Late in the opening frame, Ehlers got on the scoresheet and pushed the lead to 3-0. Taylor Ford had the lone helper on Ehlers’ 36th.

In the second period, Danny Moynihan scored a minute in and Halifax jumped ahead even further – 4-0 the score. Ehlers and Ryan Falkenham assisted on the powerplay goal at 1:06.

Just past the four minute mark, Jakub Zboril put a rocket past Eric Brassard to get the Sea Dogs on the board. Spencer Smallman and Mathieu Joseph had assists on the powerplay goal.

Later in the frame, Justice Dundas gave Saint John some more life as his backhander beat Brassard to cut the lead to 4-2 at 13:54. Matthew Highmore and Thomas Chabot grabbed helpers.

Danny Moynihan restores a three-goal lead for the Mooseheads with under two minutes left in the second to make it 5-3 heading into the third. Assists were given to Ehlers and Meier.

At it again in the third, Danny Moynihan completed the hat-trick with another powerplay goal just over a minute into the period. Meier had the only assist on Moynihan’s third powerplay marker of the night.

With five minutes left in the game Sea Dogs captain Mark Tremaine made it a 6-3 deficit on a beautiful cross-crease pass from Nathan Noel. Zboril also added an assist.

In the last two minutes of the game, Chabot gave the Saint John faithful a glimpse of hope as he managed to bang home a bouncing puck in the crease to cut the Mooseheads lead to 6-4.

That is as close as they would get as Ehlers got the puck all alone with the empty net in front of him and softly slid it into the net to insure a 7-4 road win for Halifax. Ford had an assist on the goal.

It was the fourth straight game Saint John has allowed six or more goals and was largely due to the large number of powerplays they gave the Mooseheads. One of the only bright spots for the Sea Dogs was Dundas and Tremaine both scoring a goal in the final regular season home game of their junior hockey careers. Both players are overagers along with Sebastien Auger who made 23 saves in the loss.

Photo: Shawn Davidson