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Mooseheads down Sea Dogs in shootout at Rath Eastlink Community Centre


TRURO – Red and green jerseys were on full display at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre on Saturday night, as the Halifax Mooseheads and Saint John Sea Dogs treated the Truro crowd to a spirited tilt.

The fans got a little more than they paid for, as the Mooseheads downed the Sea Dogs 4-3 in a shootout.

It was a fast and furious affair, with young players on both sides vying for permanent roster spots out of training camp. The game itself was secondary for many, however, as it was the message behind the game that took centre stage – raising money for the Truro Minor Hockey Association.

“It’s great to be able to watch an exciting game of hockey and help out a small town’s minor hockey association at the same time,” said Gino Bogliuni, a Saint John native who drove up the bids at a silent auction for an autographed Sea Dogs jersey.

“I paid a little bit more than I wanted to, but I figure it goes towards a good cause, so why not?”

The stands were equally split between Mooseheads jerseys and minor hockey jackets for the annual preseason game, which serves as a major fundraiser to keep costs low for the association.

The meaning was not lost on the players either.

“It’s awesome to be able to give back,” said Mooseheads veteran defenseman Matt Murphy after the game. “We were all in the same situation when we were kids, playing minor hockey all over Canada. When you can give back to that and help raise some money, it’s a very humbling experience.”

Murphy’s Mooseheads iced a rookie-laden team, with himself and starting goaltender Zachary Fucale among the only recognizable names in the lineup.

The caliber of hockey did not disappoint, however.

The Mooseheads jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals from Murphy and Vincent Watt in the latter half of the first frame. Kelly Bent, a waiver claim by the Moose from the Sea Dogs, stuck it to his former team seven minutes into the second period to make it 3-0.

The Mooseheads grew complacent, however, and let a big lead slip.

Samuel Dove-McFalls knocked one home on a Saint John powerplay with five to go in the second period, cutting the lead to two for the final frame.

Hammonds Plains native Matt Green notched a shorthanded goal midway through the third, setting the stage for Matthew Joseph’s tying goal with four minutes to play.

As per pre-season rules, the two teams skipped overtime and headed straight for the shootout, where goaltenders Kevin Resop and Christopher Smith stood tall.

Resop turned away five of seven Sea Dogs shooters, and second-year Mooseheads returnee Samuel Leblanc snapped one far side on Smith to close out the contest.

After the win, Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme thanked the crowd for creating a home atmosphere on the road.

“Having success the way we have over the last three years has been generating a lot of energy even out of town,” he said. “It’s some great for our players and coaching staff to have this kind of support to keep them at their best all the time.”

Attendance for the game was announced at more than 2100, down from last year’s sellout crowd of 3200.

 

The fans got a little more than they paid for, as the Mooseheads downed the Sea Dogs 4-3 in a shootout.

It was a fast and furious affair, with young players on both sides vying for permanent roster spots out of training camp. The game itself was secondary for many, however, as it was the message behind the game that took centre stage – raising money for the Truro Minor Hockey Association.

“It’s great to be able to watch an exciting game of hockey and help out a small town’s minor hockey association at the same time,” said Gino Bogliuni, a Saint John native who drove up the bids at a silent auction for an autographed Sea Dogs jersey.

“I paid a little bit more than I wanted to, but I figure it goes towards a good cause, so why not?”

The stands were equally split between Mooseheads jerseys and minor hockey jackets for the annual preseason game, which serves as a major fundraiser to keep costs low for the association.

The meaning was not lost on the players either.

“It’s awesome to be able to give back,” said Mooseheads veteran defenseman Matt Murphy after the game. “We were all in the same situation when we were kids, playing minor hockey all over Canada. When you can give back to that and help raise some money, it’s a very humbling experience.”

Murphy’s Mooseheads iced a rookie-laden team, with himself and starting goaltender Zachary Fucale among the only recognizable names in the lineup.

The caliber of hockey did not disappoint, however.

The Mooseheads jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals from Murphy and Vincent Watt in the latter half of the first frame. Kelly Bent, a waiver claim by the Moose from the Sea Dogs, stuck it to his former team seven minutes into the second period to make it 3-0.

The Mooseheads grew complacent, however, and let a big lead slip.

Samuel Dove-McFalls knocked one home on a Saint John powerplay with five to go in the second period, cutting the lead to two for the final frame.

Hammonds Plains native Matt Green notched a shorthanded goal midway through the third, setting the stage for Matthew Joseph’s tying goal with four minutes to play.

As per pre-season rules, the two teams skipped overtime and headed straight for the shootout, where goaltenders Kevin Resop and Christopher Smith stood tall.

Resop turned away five of seven Sea Dogs shooters, and second-year Mooseheads returnee Samuel Leblanc snapped one far side on Smith to close out the contest.

After the win, Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme thanked the crowd for creating a home atmosphere on the road.

“Having success the way we have over the last three years has been generating a lot of energy even out of town,” he said. “It’s some great for our players and coaching staff to have this kind of support to keep them at their best all the time.”

Attendance for the game was announced at more than 2100, down from last year’s sellout crowd of 3200.

 

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