Game 68. We’re at the end of the regular season shockingly, it’s gone so fast. You’re Halifax Mooseheads had a little bit of luck on their side last night and are heading into this evening’s game with a playoff birth clinched. The Herd will look to get another valuable point when they take on the top seeded Saint John Sea Dogs today at the Scotiabank Centre. With the Jean Rougeau trophy all sown up, the Sea Dogs chose to sit their top guns on Friday night as well as their newly signed by the NHL goaltender Callum Booth. If all recent history suggests they’ll do the same again for this game. Not only is today a big game for determining playoff positions but it’s also the last regular season match for 20 year olds Frederic Aube, Keigan Goetz and Jake Coughler who the Mooseheads will honour in a pre-game ceremony. The 10,595 sell out crowd should be in for an entertaining game to end the season.
This is the eighth and final match between the two teams this season. Halifax is 2-7-0-0 against the Sea Dogs while Saint John has a 7-2-0-0 record versus the Mooseheads. The last game was one week ago on March 11 in Saint John where the Herd lost 5-3 with Otto Somppi scoring two goals. Alex Gravel made 21 saves.
Sea Dogs: 47-14-5-1 = 100 points (1st in Maritimes division, 1st overall)
Mooseheads: 27-34-3-3 = 60 points (5th in Maritimes division, 13th overall)
HAL: Maxime Fortier 86pts (31G & 55A), Nico Hischier 85pts (38G & 47A), Jake Coughler 53pts (31G & 22A)
SNB: Matthew Highmore 89pts (34G & 55A), Mathieu Joseph 80pts (36G & 44A), Spencer Smallman 79pts (30G & 49A)
Saint John is coming off a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Islanders on Friday evening. Bokondji Imama scored two goals to lead the Sea Dogs on the road while Alex D’Orio stopped 31 of the Charlottetown’s 36 shots to take the defeat.
Halifax picked up a point on St Patrick’s Day to the visiting Screaming Eagles, losing 3-2 in overtime. Arnaud Durandeau and Fred Aube scored for the Mooseheads while Alex Gravel made 35 saves for a first star performance against Cape Breton.
ALUM ON SEA DOGS – None
September 24 Saint John 3 at Halifax 4
December 16 Halifax at Saint John POSTPONED
January 7 Saint John 1 at Halifax 4
January 8 Halifax 1 at Saint John 2
February 3 Saint John 7 at Halifax 4
February 26 Halifax 3 at Saint John 5
March 1 Halifax 2 at Saint John 4
March 11 Halifax 3 at Saint John 5
March 18 Saint John at Halifax – 4pm
OUT OF TOWN
Islanders vs. Titan 3:00pm
Voltigeurs vs. Oceanic 4:00pm
Wildcats vs. Screaming Eagles 4:00pm
Remparts vs. Phoenix 4:00pm
Drakkar vs. Sagueneens 5:00pm
Olympiques vs. Armada 5:00pm
Cataractes vs. Foreurs 5:00pm
Tigres vs. Huskies 5:00pm
UP NEXT: Halifax will join 15 other teams in the playoffs which begin next weekend.