SAINT JOHN – Bokondji Imama scored the game-winner 38 seconds into the third period as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the Halifax Mooseheads, 2-1, Sunday at Harbour Station.
Samuel Dove-McFalls had the other goal for Saint John (25-11-3-1) while goalie Callum Booth earned his first win as a Sea Dog with 20 saves.
Maxime Fortier replied for Halifax (18-19-1-2), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
Saint John opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal fewer than three minutes into the game.
Dove-McFalls stole the puck near the Saint John blueline and broke away. The fourth-year forward from Montreal deked to his forehand and ripped a quick wrist shot past the glove of Alexis Gravel in the Halifax goal.
The Mooseheads responded midway through the second when Fortier won a race to a loose puck in the slot and blasted a slap shot through the legs of Booth.
The game stayed tied until 38 seconds into the third period.
The Sea Dogs created a turnover in the Halifax zone. Matthew Highmore kicked the puck from the right wing side of the net to Imama in front of the goal. Saint John’s leading goal-scorer rifled a wrist shot past Gravel’s glove to make it a 2-1 game.
The Mooseheads pulled Gravel for an extra attacker with about one minute remaining, but could not tie the game.
Booth got the win with 20 stops. Gravel took the loss with 32 saves in a third-star performance.
Imama was named first star. Dove-McFalls snared second star in front of 3,881 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Sunday, January 15th at 3 p.m. against Cape Breton at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office, or fans can save money and buy online.
Written by Tim Roszell