Saturday, November 21, 2009

POST GAME: Sea Dogs vs Voltigeurs

Final Score: Saint John 4, Drummondville 3
Saint John Goals: Tomas Jurco (6), Kevin Gagne (4), and Nicholas Petersen (11)
Drummondville Goals: Ryan McKiernan (2), Sean Couturier (17), and Gabriel Dumont (10)
Winning Goaltender: SNB - Gélinas, Marc-Antoine (W-15-3-0)
Losing Goaltender: DRU - Piché, Frédéric (L-4-1-0)
News 88.9 Top Dog: Marc-Antoine Gelinas

Power Play: Saint John 1/5, Drummondville 2/6
Shots on Goal: Saint John – 11+13+1+2=27, Drummondville – 10+13+12+4=39
Attendance: 3,015

"Faced with a club as formidable as the Sea Dogs, they had to be ready from the first minute, which was not the case. In the first half, the boys seemed impressed. They gave a better effort in the second and it was transported in the third period. We must however be more consistent in our efforts, "said Drummondville head coach Mario Duhamel to L’Express.

"If we had played from the start as we did in the second portion of the game, the result would have been more positive," said the coach. “Over the last two games, it was found that as soon as we drop our guard, we pay the price. When we play in our identity, it is nevertheless able to compete with the best. "

Duhamel sent his resume to the Sea Dogs in the summer in an attempt to fill their coaching vacancy.

SCRATCHES: For Saint John, Gabriel Bourret was a healthy scratch. Also, Olivier Ouellet was scratched after leaving the team on Thursday for an undisclosed amount of time.

For Drummondville, Jonathan Oligny and Maxime Frenette were scratched.

THE STREAK CONTINUES: Saint John's run of 14 straight wins is the 10th longest in QMJHL history. The current streak ties the Sea Dogs with the Sorel Eperviers ('72-'73), Quebec Remparts ('05-'06) and the Moncton Wildcats ('05-'06).

CANADIAN PRESS RECAP: The Saint John Sea Dogs are picking up where they left off before the Super Series break.

Saint John won its 14th consecutive game Friday, as Mike Hoffman and Tomas Jurco scored in the shootout to lift the Sea Dogs over the Drummondville Voltigeurs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The win was one of the closest in the Sea Dogs' streak. After building a 3-2 lead, Saint John started to slip and allowed Gabriel Dumont to score for the Voltigeurs with four minutes left in regulation.

The Sea Dogs regained their form in the shootout, with two answered goals to seal the victory.

At Drummondville, Que., Jurco opened scoring for Saint John over the rival Voltigeurs in the first night of action after the Quebec all-stars faced the Russian Selects in two exhibition games.

Kevin Gagne and Nicholas Petersen added singles for the Sea Dogs (22-4-1).

Ryan McKiernan, Sean Couturier, and Dumont had the goals for Drummondville (19-5-1).

OUT OF TOWN: Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Moncton 5 P.E.I. 4; Baie-Comeau 2 Rimouski 0; Acadie-Bathurst 5 Chicoutimi 4 (SO); Victoriaville 3 Gatineau 2 (SO); Rouyn-Noranda 8 Val-d'Or 3; Shawinigan 6 Quebec 1; and Montreal 4 Halifax 3 (SO).

NEXT GAME: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Lewiston Maineiacs. Sunday, November 22, at 5:00 pm at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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