Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs travelled to the K.C. Irving Centre on Sunday afternoon to take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). The Saint John Sea Dogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to hand the Acadie-Bathurst Titan their fifth straight loss in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action in front of 1,081 fans at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst on Sunday.
The Canadian Press’ recap. At Bathurst, N.B., Ryan Tesink scored three times and Jonathan Huberdeau set up two of them as Saint John (11-12-0) handed the Titan (9-13-4) their fifth loss in a row.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. Sunday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action saw the Saint John Sea Dogs take a 4-2 contest against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in front of 1,081 fans at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
LeTitan.com’s recap. The Titan have lost five straight.
SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Benjamin Hade, Matthew Highmore, Mackenzie Brown, Pierre Durepos, Spencer Smallman, Jurij Repe, and Andreas Tsogkas on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Mastrangelo returned to the Saint John lineup after serving a two-game suspension.
FIRST PERIOD: The first period was a fairly evenly played frame with shots ending 11-10 in favour of Bathurst. Saint John had a few good scoring chances and two power plays but could not cash in. Brandon Hynes had the only goal in the period, giving the Titan a 1-0 advantage.
SECOND PERIOD: The second period brought us an entirely new game. After the Titan scored to go up 2-0, the Sea Dogs climbed back and tied the game 2-2 thanks to a pair of goals from Ryan Tesink. Shots were 10-9 Titan in the second.
TESINK: Big time game for Tesink yesterday. The Sea Dogs forward recorded a hat trick, four shots on goal, and a +2 rating in the win. News 88.9 reports that it was his first career QMJHL hat trick. Tesink now has 14 goals on the season which surpasses Jonathan Huberdeau for the team lead. The St. Louis Blues prospect has 25 points in 21 games this year.
THIRD PERIOD: The TSN Turning Point came at 13:09 of the third period when Sean Girard got his stick into the grill of Noah Zilbert. That gave Saint John a four-minute power play. On that man advantage, Jakub Izacky scored what would be the game-winner. Tesink added an empty netter in the final seconds of the game to ice the win.
WECKWORTH: Defenseman David Weckworth registered his point as a Sea Dog on Sunday, helping setup Jakub Izacky’s third period goal. Weckworth, playing in his first season with Saint John after being acquired at the draft, has an assist in 14 games this season.
HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau’s two helpers gives him 143 in his Sea Dog career which ties him with Michael Kirkpatrick for the club record. The Sea Dogs captain now has 12 goals and 19 assists in 23 games this season.
ATTENDANCE: Only 1,081 attended the game. Bathurst is averaging 1,489 fans per game this season, the lowest mark in the league. They have had crowds over 2,000 just twice all year. It would be awful to see them move, but you have to wonder how much longer they can survive like this.
ROAD: Saint John ended a stretch of five straight road games yesterday. They went 2-3-0-0 during the span, which is pretty good considering the beat down they got twice in Quebec. Overall, the Sea Dogs are now 6-7-0-0 away from Harbour Station and have been outscored 59-41.
STREAKS: Saint John ended their three-game losing streak yesterday while Bathurst’s slide hit five straight loses. These are rough times for Bathurst.
STANDINGS: With the win, the Sea Dogs jump ahead of the Titan in the standings. Saint John is now 11-12-0-0 for 22 points while Bathurst is 9-13-4-0 for 22 points. The Dogs sit fourth in the division and 13th overall in the league while the Titan are fifth in the Maritimes and 14th overall.
NOTES: The Sea Dogs finally return home for a pair of games next weekend… these two clash again on December 20 at Harbour Station… Mike Kelly was back behind the Saint John bench after missing Friday’s game due to a scouting adventure… Jason Seed had two assists… Olivier LeBlanc had a team high five shots… Stephen Anderson had four hits and, despite not getting on the score sheet, was named third star… Brandon Hynes had six shots… Sean Girard had three hits… the Sea Dogs improved to 7-2-0-0 in games that are tied after two periods.
OUT OF TOWN
Rouyn-Noranda 6 at Cape Breton 2
Val-d'Or 3 at Halifax 4
Victoriaville 2 at Quebec 3 (SO)
Rimouski 5 at Baie-Comeau 4 (OT)
Sherbrooke 1 at Blainville-Boisbriand 5
Chicoutimi 2 at Drummondville 4
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation