I will keep this short and sweet. The Mooseheads lost to the Saint John Sea Dogs by a score of 5-4 in the shootout. Captain Alex Grant got the winner for the Sea Dogs. The Moose (Knotek, Cheremetiev and Gerrad Grant) all did the same move in the shootout. All failed epically (I'm looking at you GG).
The Moose scored on the power play, thrice in five, against a team with the best PK unit in the league (87.3%), and despite the fact that we rarely ever have a player park their ass in front of the net. Our PP is all about long unscreened shots, Knotek was back on the point. That may be why we have the third worst PP in the league at 16.2%. It makes me cry.
Moose power-play goals were scored by Yuri Cheremetiev (x2 with assists by Bona and Grant, then Bona and Knotek), and Graham Bona (Knotek). Gerrad Grant had an unassisted goal at even strength.
DiDo and Sparling had goals for the Sea Dogs but it was wee sprig Michael Kirkpatrick who stole the show (despite not getting a shootout goal). While I love Kirky with all of my 5 hearts I was mildly bitter that he assisted in our fall. I still cheered wildly for him when he got first star of the game for his 2 goals and 2 assists. Damn you Kirky!!! Here, have a cookie...but do not enjoy it (or else).
In case you were wondering, I have been assured by a friend from North Sydney that he is not a machine, but a normal human boy who has developed in normal human boy ways (except that he was possibly birthed with skates on his feet). It is because of his mad Kirky skillz that he was named QMJHL offensive player of the week.
Corbeil faced 33 shots, Mayer faced 36; both allowed 4 goals. Sea Dog David Stich took one to the belly, and still managed to play the next shift. Now, THAT is a STUD. Who needs a goalie when you have Stich?
The first intermission interview was with Saint Bernard. He is delightfully charming, full of smiles and he can spell Cheremetiev. He would not sing for us but he managed to get in one of those Pender is stoopid jabs that I love so much. Apparently the puberty moustache is not his own doing...it is all Alex MacDonald's fault, therefore I do not fault him for not shaving it off for me. Grow a mighty tickler young Bernard, let it flow mighty and free.
By Matthew Wuest (Metro):
Line-ups: Sea Dogs at Mooseheads
Game Notes: Sea Dogs 5, Mooseheads 4
Mooseheads lose a heartbreaker in Shootout
By Willy Palov: Moose Fall 5-4 in Shootout
By Daniel Bonner: Mooseheads' Cheremetiev on a scoring tear
Nathan White: Sea Dogs extend road win streak
Peter McGuire: Kirkpatrick's progress hard to overlook