Moose lose fi­nal game be­fore break

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - SPORTS - WILLY PALOV wpalov@herald.ca @Wil­lyPalov

The Christ­mas break couldn't have come at a bet­ter time for the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads.

They were run­ning on fumes in the fi­nal week of the first half of the sea­son, with at least a half dozen key play­ers out of the lineup for each of their last three games. They were so short­handed for Satur­day's road out­ing against the Saint John Sea Dogs they couldn't even dress a full ros­ter. And that was with three call-ups in the lineup.

Lead­ing goal scorer Maxim Trepanier was the lat­est to join the un­avail­able list af­ter be­ing too sick to play. In to­tal, there were eight play­ers miss­ing against the Sea Dogs, who won 4-2 at TD Station.

With Trepanier, Bo Groulx (world juniors), Raphael Lavoie (world juniors), Justin Bar­ron (blood clot) and Senna Peeters (world juniors B pool) out of the lineup, the Moose­heads were miss­ing their top five scor­ers. Star de­fence­man Jared McIsaac (world juniors) and for­wards Mar­cel Barinka (world ju­nior A chal­lenge) and Jor­dan McKenna (in­jured) were also un­avail­able, leav­ing the Moose­heads with­out their en­tire first line, their two best de­fend­ers and three other solid for­wards.

The play­ers who were still around did well to keep pace with the Sea Dogs but couldn't pull off the win.

Ni­co­las Guay had two goals for the Sea Dogs and Wil­liam Vil­leneuve and Jor­dan Spadafore added one each. Lan­don Miron and Patty Kyte scored for the Moose­heads. Miron's goal was his first in the QMJHL.

Zachary Bouthillie­r made 24 saves for Saint John and Cole McLaren stopped 35 shots for Hal­i­fax.

The Moose­heads fin­ish the first half with a 15-15-2-1 record and will play their next game Dec. 28 at home against the Cape Bre­ton Ea­gles.

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