By Tim Lumsden
The Sea Dogs took on the Drakkar on Sunday at Harbour Station. This was the second game that the Sea Dogs played this weekend. Coming into the game after a 4-1 victory; the team looked energetic and in good spirits during the warm up.
Sebastien Auger started in net for Saint John, while the Drakkar started Simon Lemieux.
Jakub Izacky began the period with a penalty at 54 seconds for cross checking.
At 5:40, a brawl erupted in the Drakkar end. Jonathan Huberdeau was sent to the box for roughing, along with Ryan Tesink for roughing and cross checking. Maxim Lamarche and Julien Lepage from the Drakkar were sent off for roughing as well.
Kevin Gagne was next on the penalty train as he took a penalty for holding at 9:57.
Valentin Zykov headed to the box at 14:30 as he was called for tripping.
The Sea Dogs were first on the board as Pierre Durepos scored at 16:23. Kevin Gagne and Jonathan Huberdeau each got an assist.
Shots in the first were 15-6 in favour of the Drakkar.
Baie-Comeau started off the second period with a penalty as Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau was called for hooking, only 32 seconds into the period.
The Dogs took advantage of the power play as Jurij Repe scored at 0:39. Aidan Kelly and Oliver Cooper each snagged an assist.
3:11 saw things getting chippy as Jason Cameron and Paquin-Boudreau were sent off for roughing. This came only moments after an injured Repe was assisted off the ice.
The third goal of the game went to the Dogs as Ryan Tesink scored at 6:59. Stephen MacAulay and Jonathan Huberdeau grabbed assists on that goal.
With that, the Drakkar switched goalies as Lemieux was pulled and Philippe Cadorette went in.
Maxim Lamarche sent the Drakkar to the penalty kill once again at 10:34 as he was called for hooking.
Ryan Tesink went to the box at 13:00 for hooking.
16:18 saw some more penalties as Oliver Cooper was sent off for high sticking and Bokondji Imama was called for roughing.
Oliver Cooper expanded the Sea Dog lead as he scored the 4th goal of the game at 18:29 with assists going to Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink.
Shots in the second were 14-9 Saint John.
The Drakkar finally got up on the board as Miguel Caron scored their first goal at 4:42.
Just seconds later, it was answered by Jakub Izacky with an assist going to David Weckworth.
A battle broke out in front of the Sea Dogs’ bench at 9:02. Jason Cameron was sent off for roughing. The Dogs went on the power play as the Drakkar lost Alexis Vanier and Samuel Noreau.
David Weckworth was sent to the box for hooking at 10:39.
The Drakkar made a strong push, scoring two goals within seconds bring the score to 5-3. Miguel Caron scored the first, Alexandre Ranger took the second.
The Sea Dogs couldn't stay out of the box it seemed as Noah Zilbert was next to the box at 16:23. Seconds after the Drakkar went on the attack, Raphael Bussieres scored and brought the Drakkar just one goal away from a tie game.
Try as they might, Baie-Comeau could not score that final goal. Frustrations had been mounting all evening and finally exploded at the final buzzer. Both benches were out on the ice. When the dust settled and the officials had sorted things out, Alexandre Ranger was given a roughing penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct; Alexis Vanier also received an unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct and a fighting penalty. Kevin Gagne received a fighting penalty and unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct. Michael Mastrangelo left with a fighting penalty and an abuse of officials game misconduct. Finally, Ryan Tesink rounded off the Sea Dog penalties with a roughing penalty as well as a misconduct for not clearing the area of a fight.
The Sea Dogs also walked away with a much deserved and hard fought win.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs head to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday to take on the Huskies. Puck drops at 8:30 AST.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation