Our recap. The Sea Dogs travelled to Drummondville on Saturday evening to face off against the Voltigeurs. This was the second game of a three away game weekend for the Dogs.
L’Express’ recap. The Volts had way more scoring chances but it was only 2-2 after two.
The Canadian Press’ recap. At Drummondville, Que., Marc-Olivier Brouillard and Guillaume Gauthier each scored twice in the third period as the Voltiguers (10-10-0) downed Saint John (10-10-0) for their first win in three outings.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs and Drummondville Voltigeurs did battle Saturday night with the Voltigeurs coming out on top 6-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Voltigeurs.ca’s recap. According to the Volts website, it was a great game.
SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Benjamin Hade, Matthew Highmore, Mackenzie Brown, Pierre Durepos, Spencer Smallman, Jason Seed, and Jakub Izacky on Saturday night.
According to News 88.9, Jason Seed missed the game with a “lower body injury” and Jakub Izacky was out with an “upper body injury.” Both players suffered the injuries on Friday night in Sherbrooke.
FIRST PERIOD: Plenty of action in the first period. Drummondville outshot Saint John 17-8. Saint John had a lengthy five-on-three power play and another power play but could not score. Drummondville had one man advantage. Alex Fournier was solid in the Saint John net.
FOURNIER: Alex Fournier got the start in net for Saint John. With Sebastien Auger playing on Friday and the Sea Dogs playing one of the best teams in the league on Sunday, it made sense for Fournier to get the call between the pipes.
You have to feel bad for Fournier as the guy can’t catch a break. He played his best game as a Sea Dog yesterday and made 38 saves in the loss. Unfortunately he had to face 44 shots. His best period was the first where he stopped all 17 shots.
The netminder entered the game with an 8.14 goals against average and a 0.750 save percentage. He now has a 7.50 GAA and a 0.792 SV%.
SECOND PERIOD: The scoring picked up in the second period as both teams registered two markers. Drummondville opened the scoring at 1:10 but Jonathan Huberdeau tied it less than two minutes later on a bizarre play that appeared as though it should have been icing. Ryan Tesink gave Saint John a 2-1 lead before the Volts scored a shorty to tie it again. Drummondville outshot the Dogs 11-4 in the frame. That’s not good.
HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau netted his 100th career QMJHL goal in the second period. It was a strange one, but hey, Huberdeau has scored plenty of strange ones before. It seemed somewhat appropriate. That goal also extended his point streak to five games. The Captain now has 12 goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season.
THIRD PERIOD: The Dogs managed to keep it close on the scoreboard heading into the third but then things went downhill. The Volts scored four times in the frame to take it by score of 6-2. They also outshot the Dogs 16-5 in the period.
MIKE KELLY: Sea Dogs head coach Mike Kelly lost it at 12:42 of the third when Jason Cameron was given a 10-minute misconduct. He was like Donald Trump on election night. The Sea Dogs then received a bench minor at 13:29. That’s the kind of period the third was.
MISCONDUCTS: For whatever reason, Michael Mastrangelo, Jason Cameron, Ryan Tesink, and Stephen MacAulay all received misconducts in this one. They were handing them out like candy on Halloween.
SHOTS: After firing 48 shots in an 8-4 win in Sherbrooke on Friday night, the Sea Dogs could only fire 17 on net on Saturday. In Saint John’s defense, Drummondville is averaging just 24.21 shots against per game which is the second lowest average in the QMJHL.
SPECIAL TEAMS: There were a lot of power plays awarded last night. Saint John would go 1-for-6 on the man advantage and Drummondville went 2-for-7. The Volts also had a shorthanded goal.
ROAD: The Sea Dogs fell to 5-5-0-0 on the road this season with the loss. They have been outscored 44-34.
STANDINGS: A win last night would have given Saint John a big boost in the standings but that did not happen. The Dogs fell back to .500 with the loss and now sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the league with a 10-10-0-0 record.
2009: There were four first round picks from the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft playing in this game. Olivier Archambault (1st overall), Pierre Durepos (10th overall), Gabriel Vermette (13th overall), and Jonathan Huberdeau (18th overall) were all selected in '09.
NOTES: These teams don’t meet again until February… Jurij Repe was hurt following a hit by Jeremie Malouin at 8:42 of the first. He did not return. Stephen MacAulay was forced to play on the back end… Jeff Lansing, formally of News 88.9, did colour with Tim Roszell last night… Olivier LeBlanc was a -3… Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink had three shots… Marc-Olivier Brouillard had five shots… Alexandre Grenier was the only Volt without a shot on goal... a Sea Dogs fan won the 50/50 draw.
OUT OF TOWN
P.E.I. 4 at Rimouski 3
Cape Breton 2 at Shawinigan 3
Acadie-Bathurst 3 at Sherbrooke 4
Halifax 4 at Victoriaville 5
Moncton 6 at Gatineau 2
Baie-Comeau 4 at Val-d'Or 2
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs’ road trip comes to an end today in Blainville-Boisbriand. The Dogs take on the Armada at 5pm.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation