Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Saint John Battles To 7-4 Win In PEI

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – It was another wild pre-season contest between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Prince Edward Island Rocket on Tuesday night at UPEI’s MacLauchlan Arena.

In a spirited and penalty filled affair, the Sea Dogs defeated the Rocket 7-4 to improve to 2-2-0-0 in exhibition play. Saint John closes out their pre-season schedule tomorrow night at 7pm at Harbour Station when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

PEI fell to 1-1-0-1 in the loss. They also fell 5-4 in a shootout against Saint John on Saturday night at the Quispamsis qplex in another chippy contest.

On Tuesday, Steven Anderson, Aidan Kelly, Alexandre Beauregard, Oliver Cooper, Scott Oke, McKenzie Brown and Pierre Durepos all scored in the victory.

Richard Tingley allowed a goal on 17 shots in the first half of the game, giving way to Charlie Millen who allowed three markers on 10 shots.

Louick Marcotte, Jean-Sebastien Fournier, Felipe Corbo and Matej Beran all connect for the home side.

Maxime Legace started in net for PEI, letting in two goals on 12 shots. His replacement, Raphael Roy, didn’t fare too well as he would allow five goals on 17 shots.

Anderson opened the scoring at 1:57 of the opening frame while the Sea Dogs were shorthanded. The puck came loose to the side of the goal where the Charlottetown native buried it to make it 1-0 for the visitors.

Saint John doubled their lead at 5:08 on a power play as Kelly snipped a hard shot between the legs of Legace. The Rocket would get on the board not long after at 9:14 as a two-on-one was finished off by Marcotte.

The Dogs got their two-goal lead back at 12:18 of the second frame as Beauregard went top shelf on a brief breakaway. Then, at 15:03 on a man advantage, a rebound came to the side of the goal where Oliver Cooper banged it in to make it 4-1 Saint John.

In the third, the Rocket began to mount their comeback at 1:28 on a power play as Fournier jammed the disc in. Then Corbo found the net at 3:17 on a man advantage. Things got even worse when Beran tied the match at 4-4 at 7:08 as he had an open cage with Millen unable to slide over and make the stop.

Between those goals at 4:58, Ian Saab and Olivier Croteau dropped the gloves and bear hugged for a few seconds.

The game wouldn’t stay deadlocked for long. At 10:25 on a power play, Oke snapped a nice shot past Roy to give the Dogs their lead back, a marker that would prove to be the game winner.

Brown and Durepos added insurance goals later on in the period to make it a 7-4 final.

At 15:45, chaos broke loose at the blue line as everybody on the ice grabbed a dance partner. The notable fights saw Brock Morrison and Yan Pavel Laplante drop the gloves as well as Ryan Kelly and Kelly Bent.

The Sea Dogs outshot the Rocket 29-27.

Saint John went 4-for-10 on the power play while PEI went 2-for-10.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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