The St. John’s Pennecon Privateers dropped their opening game of the 2011 Telus Cup national major midget hockey championship at Mile One Centre Monday night.
The Privateers, hosts of this year’s tournament, fell 6-3 to the Halifax Titans in front a sparse crowd of close to 2,000 at the 6,250-seat centre.
Alex Hazelhurst scored twice and set up another in the third to lead the Titans, the Atlantic region representatives.
Damon MacEachern added a goal and two helpers, while Ryan Falkenham, Adam Brown and Jordan Keizer also scored for Halifax, which led 2-0 after the first period and 4-2 after the second.
Brandon Pye, Danny Wicks and Justin O’Reilly replied for the Privateers.
Titans’ netminder Jacob Fancy turned aside 27 of 30 shots, while the Privateers’ Scott Walsh stopped 25 of 31.
In other games Monday, Quebec’s Lions de Lac St. Louis edged Ontario’s London Junior Knights 5-4, while the Pacific region representatives, the Vancouver North West Giants, trounced the Winnipeg Thrashers, the Western region champs, 12-5.
The 17 total goals in that one tied the all-time Telus Cup record for combined goals in a game, set in 2000.