The Halifax Mooseheads felt the full force of the nation’s third-ranked team yesterday.

The Mooseheads were hammered 7-1 by the powerhouse Saint John Sea Dogs at Harbour Station in New Brunswick and are now mired in a three-game losing streak.

Zach Phillips scored 34 seconds in and the Sea Dogs never looked back, scoring twice in the first period, twice in the second and three times in the third en route to the win.

“They scored right away and that’s about the worst thing that can happen against a good team like that,” said Mooseheads head coach Bobby Smith. “We fought back, but it was a difficult game against those guys, and, you know … tough loss.”

Rookie forward Francis Turbide scored the lone Mooseheads goal early in the third and goalie Mathieu Corbeil stopped 29 of 36 shots.

The Mooseheads, 9-18-1, also lost 4-2 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Sydney on Friday, falling to 0-3 against their provincial rivals. Forwards Gabriel Desjardins and Luca Ciampini, with suspected concussions, and Gerrad Grant, with an ankle injury, didn’t play yesterday.

The Mooseheads’ five-game road trip continues on Wednesday against the Shawinigan Cataractes.