The Halifax Mooseheads’ modest winning streak met its match on Tuesday in Saint John, N.B.
In a game featuring the two longest active winning streaks in the QMJHL, the Mooseheads saw their four-game run come to an end with a 4-3 loss to the host Sea Dogs at Harbour Station.
It was the 12th straight win for the first-place Sea Dogs, the best streak in the QMJHL this season.
The Mooseheads, playing for the fourth time in six days, fell behind 3-1 through two periods but mounted a comeback in the first half of the third with goals from rookies Ryan Falkenham and Jonathan Drouin.
Just when it looked like the Mooseheads might take the lead on a power play, it was highly-touted Minnesota Wild prospect Charlie Coyle scoring the winner for Saint John with 7:28 left on a shorthanded breakaway.
“It was a lost puck and a lost battle and they capitalized,” said Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme. “We just make a few too many mistakes and they don’t need much. Every game we’re playing them, we’re getting better and taking experience on how to play those teams.”
The Sea Dogs have beaten the Mooseheads in six of seven meetings.
Falkenham’s hot streak continued, as he now has four goals and two assists in his past four games. Drouin, who was named the game’s second star, also scored in the second period to finish with two goals.
Leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon, meanwhile, returned from a two-game absence because of a fractured thumb and logged his usual ice time, picking up an assist and just missing a potential game-tying goal in the final minute.
“He had a good game ‘ he had the goalie beat at the end, went high glove and hit the cross-bar,” Ducharme said. “I think we deserved at least a point out of this game but sometimes it doesn’t happen like that.”
The Mooseheads, sixth overall with a 33-19-6 record, host the second-place Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at 2 p.m.