Sunday, September 25, 2011

POSTSCRIPT: Titan 2, Sea Dogs 6

A collection of recaps from last night’s 6-2 Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last night at Harbour Station…’s recap. “The Saint John Sea Dogs welcomed Minnesota Wild first-round draft pick Zack Phillips back into the lineup Saturday.”

Our recap. “It didn’t take long for the Saint John Sea Dogs to become a .500 hockey team.”

SN Live Blog replay. (some technical difficulties last night)

SCRATCHES: Stephen MacAulay, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesink, Brock Morrison, Ian Saab, Nathan Beaulieu, and Rory Craddock were announced as the scratches for the Sea Dogs.

MacAulay, Tesink, and Jurco had been cut from NHL training camps before the game but were not able to suit up in time. Huberdeau and Beaulieu are still at NHL camps.

PHILLIPS RETURNS: Zack Phillips played in his first game of the season after being cut by the Minnesota Wild. After playing for the Wild in a pre-season game the night before, Phillips had an eventful game for his junior club. The Fredericton native had a goal, an assist, and a fight in his return.

FIGHT: Phillips recorded his first career Gordie Howe hat trick on Saturday night when he dropped the gloves with Jordan Murray. According to, it was only the second fight of his QMJHL career.

SPECIAL GUEST: Before the game, Nicholas Giroux received a standing ovation from the Harbour Station faithful as he skated onto the ice. Giroux lost part of his right leg in an accident in 2009 but has since returned to playing hockey. He was featured in the Sackville stop of the 2011 TSN Kraft Celebration Tour. The video was played prior to the game.

SOCK: Tyrone Sock had a big night offensively. The defenseman assisted on all three third period goals to give him three points and a +3 rating on the night.

HADE: Defenseman Benjamin Hade played in just his third game of the year. He has not played since September 9 in Bathurst due to injury. Hade was a -1, had one shot, and served two penalty minutes.

SCORING A PAIR: Danick Gauthier and Stanislav Galiev each had a pair of goals in the game. Galiev has now scored three goals in the two games he has played in since returning from Washington Capitals training camp. Gauthier is off to a great start having netted five goals in four games.

BEAUTIFUL: A beautiful sight at the game last night (and on Friday might as well, apparently) as a fan was sporting a Lewiston Maineiacs jersey was in house. Former Maineiac Matthew Bissonnette, now with the Titan, tweeted about it after the match.

“Maineiac jersey out in the crowd tonight in Saint John,” he tweeted. “Almost cried a bit! Miss the boys!”

POWER PLAY: Saint John’s power play had a good game, going 2-for-4. They entered the game with the league’s 15th best man advantage.

LONG WAIT: Last night’s game was the final Sea Dogs home game that will be played in Saint John for some time. The Sea Dogs hit the road this week and don’t return to Harbour Station until Saturday, October 8th when they host the Rimouksi Oceanic.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV, here are the highlights and post-game interviews.

OUT OF TOWN: Cape Breton 3 at Baie-Comeau 6; Halifax 2 at Moncton 3; Val-d'Or 0 at P.E.I. 3; Drummondville 6 at Blainville-Boisbriand 0

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs travel to Boisbriand to face their expansion cousins – the Armada – on Wednesday night. Game time is 8pm AST. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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