FINAL: Bathurst 5, Saint John 1
By Tim Lumsden
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs returned to Harbour Station on Saturday night to face off against the Acadie Bathurst Titan.
Sebastien Auger took the net for Saint John while Jacob Brennan went in net for Bathurst.
The Sea Dogs went on the power play as Francois Godin was sent off for checking from behind at 3:05. Seconds later at 3:46 Bathurst went up on the board as Patrick Walsh scored a shorthanded goal.
The Dogs tied it up thanks to Stephen Anderson who found an open corner of the net at 4:31 during a power play. Durepos and Abbott each took assists on that one.
Bathurst wanted to keep their lead however, with Adam Stevens breaking the tie and raising the score 2-1 for Bathurst at 5:07.
Tensions were on the rise and finally broke at 7:37 as Cooper and Delorme dropped the gloves, each earning a five minute time out.
Ryan Tesink sent the Dogs to the penalty kill with a checking from behind penalty at 11:52.
The period ended with a score of 2-1 and shots on goal total of 14-6 in favour of Bathurst.
Bathurst kicked the period off with an early goal at 3:41 as Michael Beaudry slipped one by Auger.
Moments later at 4:57, Adam Zboril stretched the lead 4-1 with his quick goal.
Adam Stevens headed to the box for slashing at 5:24. 30 seconds later Delorme took the same penalty giving Saint John the two man advantage. The Dogs had some pressure on but could not connect.
Spencer Smallman pulled a penalty for interference at 10:48.
Shots in the middle frame were 12-12.
True to form for this game, Bathurst scored the first goal of the period. The fifth Titan goal was scored by Zach O'Brien at 7:19. That made it 5-1.
The Titan went on the penalty kill after Patrick Walsh was sent off for hooking at 12:18.
Saint John took their own penalty at 14:41 when Benjamin Hade was called for delay of game.
Adam Zboril headed to the box at 16:34 for hooking.
That would be all she wrote for the Sea Dogs as they were unable to claw back from that stomping. Total shots on goal were 40-27 for Bathurst and a game score of 5-1, giving the Titan the win.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton to take on the Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 4pm.
TOMORROW: Jonathan Huberdeau and Team Canada take on the United States at 5:30am Atlantic at the World Junior Hockey Championships.