Saturday, January 26, 2013

RECAP: Phoenix Rise. Dogs Lose 3-2.

FINAL: Sherbrooke 3, Saint John 2

SAINT JOHN – The Sherbrooke Phoenix have had the Saint John Sea Dogs’ number this month.

After beating the Sea Dogs 3-0 a couple weeks ago, the Phoenix came into Harbour Station on Saturday night and left with a 3-2 victory in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Carl Neill, Alexis Bernier, and Denis Kamaev all scored for Sherbrooke. Goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 32 stops for the win.

Saint John had goals from Jakub Izacky and Maxime Villemaire. Sebastien Auger made 18 saves in the loss.

Bizarre game. The Sea Dogs didn’t show up for the first period and were out shot 13-4 and found themselves down 2-0. In the second, Saint John out shot Sherbrooke 12-4 but really didn’t have many legit scoring chances.

In the third, Kamaev beat Auger top corner at 4:09 to make it 3-0 Phoenix. Welp. But then, the Sea Dogs started to turn it on. Izacky scored a great goal at 9:27. Then Villemaire made it a one-goal game at 14:38. Saint John had some pressure on in the final minutes but could not net the equalizer.

Shots were 18-4 in favour of the Sea Dogs in the third and 34-21 overall.

The Sea Dogs’ power play was lifeless and went 0-for-4. The Phoenix went 1-for-5.

This loss was Saint John’s third straight. They fall to 19-28-0-0.

NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs are in Victoriaville Wednesday night.

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