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Mooseheads forward Andrew Ryan
The Halifax Mooseheads made it look easy Saturday night.
A day after being edged 4-3 by the CHL’s top team Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the Mooseheads bounced back with a dominating 3-0 win against the Saint John Sea Dogs before 7,560 fans at the Metro Centre.
Dictating the play virtually all game long, the Mooseheads opened the scoring just under eight minutes into the contest. From there they didn’t look back, outshooting the visitors 37-21.
“I’m very satisfied,” said Mooseheads backup goalie Kevin Darveau who earned first star honours with 21 saves in the shutout victory. “We just played really well all game long. We bounced back and played hard. For me, I needed that first shot to get in the game, and then I felt pretty good out there.”
Playing in his second game of the season since returning from a hand injury on Friday, Mooseheads forward Darcy Ashley stepped up with a goal and an assist. After a subpar performance by his own measure, he said he now feels closer to his old self.
“It was definitely a better game than I had last night,” he said. “Last night’s pace was pretty fast and I’m now getting back into the swing of things, and it was nice to be able to contribute.
“But, it was great team effort, and anytime you don’t give up goals against it’s a sign you have strong goaltending and you’re playing as a team.”
Andrew Ryan also added a goal and an assist, while Timo Meier rounded out the scoring for the Mooseheads.
With the win, the Mooseheads move a game above .500 with a record 7-6. They’re back in action Tuesday at the Metro Centre against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m.