SEA DOGS –JUNIOR GAME AT A GLANCE
Final Score: Montreal 2, Saint John 4
Saint John Goals: Tomas Jurco (14), Nicholas Petersen (26), Mike Thomas (5), and Michael Kirkpatrick (14)
Montreal Goals: David Ross (1), and Louis-Marc Aubry (8)
Winning Goaltender: SNB - St. Laurent, Karel (13-2-0)
Losing Goaltender: MTL – Berube, Jean-Francois (8-10-0)
News 88.9 Top Dog: Karel St. Laurent
Power Play: Junior 0/6, Sea Dogs 2/6
Shots on Goal: Junior 7+9+9=25, Sea Dogs: 11+8+8=27
Stephen MacAulay was scratched for Saint John as he missed his third straight game with an upper body injury. Will Johnston also did not dress.
Other Sea Dog lineup news saw Gabriel Bourret return to the team. He was believed to be away this weekend in Quebec due to a death in his family. He didn’t play Friday night against Cape Breton.
Philippe Fontaine and Dillon Donnelly were scratched for the Junior. Donnelly, recently acquired from the Moncton Wildcats, took warm-up.
SOLID ST. LAURENT
Backup goaltender Karel St. Laurent may have only faced 25 shots but he was solid in net for Saint John. Marco Cousineau had played the last three games, giving St. Laurent a chance to sart against a middle-of-the-pack Montreal team.
The 19-year old made some nice saves through traffic and robbed more than one player with his glove.
St. Laurent is now 13-2 on the year and has not lost a game since October 3 in Shawinigan. He is currently on a 10 game winning streak.
The biggest story line of the night was the return of former Sea Dog captain and fan favorite David Stich.
There was a loud cheer when he came out of the tunnel for warm-up and again when his name was announced over the P.A. for the starting lineups. In typical Stich fashion, he played a physical and defensive minded game.
He was a +1 on the night and was paired with Jonathan Narbonne. He had one shot although we believe another shot was not counted in the first period.
Steven Anthony took a puck in the face during a Sea Dog power play. A Junior defenseman got his stick in the passing lane – causing the disc to fly into the chops on Anthony.
He left with Sea Dogs therapist Jeff Kelly and left a small pool of blood on the ice. The referee scraped the blood off with his skates.
Anthony returned in the start of the second period wearing a full face shield.
CANADIAN PRESS RECAP
Sea Dogs 4 Junior 2
At Saint John, N.B., Nicholas Petersen scored and added two assists as the Sea Dogs doubled Montreal.
Tomas Jurco, Mike Thomas and Michael Kirkpatrick also scored for Saint John (36-7-1).
David Rose and Louis-Marc Aubry found the back of the net for the Junior (20-19-3).
OUT OF TOWN
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: P.E.I. 3 Shawinigan 2 (OT); Moncton 6 Acadie-Bathurst 2; Cape Breton 2 Halifax 0; and Rouyn-Noranda 3 Val-d'Or 2.
The main entrance of Harbour Station opened 10 minutes late after what they are calling “technical difficulties.” We hope they meant with the ticket scanners, otherwise, this sounds really bizarre… the game was sponsored by Hampton Inn and had a table set up on the concourse with AC-DC cranked up… Tomas Jurco has now scored in three straight games. He has also registered six goals in his last seven games.
Tonight's game between the P.E.I. Rocket and the Drummondville Voltigeurs will be presented coast-to-coast on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS. The puck drops at 8 pm (AST). Consult your local TV listings for more details.
The new look and younger Rocket team – playing their third game in as many nights – will play the high octane and number two team in the QMJHL in Drummondville. This could get uglier than the Moncton/Shawinigan game last year.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs. Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station.