FINAL: Saint John 0, Sherbrooke 3
By Tim Lumsden
The Saint John Sea Dogs travelled to Sherbrooke on Sunday afternoon to face off against former Sea Dog Benjamin Hade and his new teammates, the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
After taking last night off and allowing Alex Fournier to guard the net, Sebastien Auger returned to stand between the pipes for Saint John while Jacob Gervais-Chouinard put on the blocker and glove on for Sherbrooke.
The first half of the first period went without penalty until Jeremy Doucet took a delay of game infraction at 11:48. While sent to the penalty kill, the Dogs held strong and were able to fend off the Phoenix, stripping them of any chance at scoring.
The second Sea Dog penalty came at 14:25 as Jonathan Dickinson was called for roughing. As if that wasn’t enough, Dickinson refused to go quietly, resulting in an abuse of official misconduct penalty.
Sherbrooke finally pulled their first penalty at 19:05. Jonathan Deschamps was sent to the box for holding and the Sea Dogs went on their first power play of the game. Unable to produce a goal with the advantage, the period would end scoreless.
Total shots on goal for the period were 13-10 in favour of Sherbrooke.
Once again, both teams put on a good show for the first half of the period. One thing people couldn’t say was that either team was not giving 100% effort.
At 9:33, Sherbrooke’s Vincent Deslauriers snuck one through Auger’s defenses to put the Phoenix up on the board 1-0.
Doucet once again headed off to the box, this time for interference at 11:06.
Things got heated as Oliver Cooper and Steve Level got physical at 18:48. Each were sent to their respective penalty boxes for roughing.
The period ended 1-0 with shots on goal totalling 18-6 in favour of the dominators of the period, Sherbrooke.
With the third period underway, Olivier LeBlanc took an early penalty only 52 seconds in. His penalty for slashing had him sitting out for two minutes while Sherbrooke went to the power play. And on the offensive Sherbrook did go. Alexandre Comtois used the extra man advantage to raise the score 2-0 at 1:05.
Not content with just one goal, he scored his second at 3:57. Giving Sherbrooke a 3-0 lead.
Vladislav Lysenko headed off for cross checking at 6:01 followed by Brandon Lesway for roughing at 11:29. The Dogs, however, were unable to produce points with their power plays.
Ian Saab took a roughing penalty at 18:22 as did Maxime Villemaire as things heated up once again when Mathieu Laverdure got called for slashing.
Despite a hard fought battle, the Sea Dogs were unable to land the win. Shots on goal for the third were 12-7 once again in favour of the Phoenix.
The shining light for the Sea Dogs was Sebastien Auger. The goaltender kept his cool and managed to make 40 saves against the 43 shots against him.
Attendance for the game was 3,017.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Dogs head to Moncton to face off against the Wildcats on Wednesday. Puck drops at 7:00pm.