Our recap. Saint John returned to Harbour Station on Thursday night to battle it out against the PEI Rocket.
The Guardian’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs took some ill-timed penalties that led to a 6-3 loss to the P.E.I. Rocket before 3,111 fans Thursday night at Harbour Station.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
The Canadian Press’ recap. Ben Duffy had a goal and four assists Thursday as the P.E.I. Rocket defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-3 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs took on the PEI Rocket at Harbour Station in Thursday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action as PEI extended their wins streak with a 6-3 victory in front of 3,112 fans.
PEIRocket.com’s recap. The PEI Rocket won their 4th game in a row this evening doubling up the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-3 at Harbour Station in Saint John.
SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Connor Donaghey (healthy), Matthew Highmore (lower body), Jeremy Doucet (healthy), and Jurij Repe (sore hand) on Thursday night.
Not playing tonight because of my hand ( to sore ) #injury #notgood
— Jurij Repe (@JurijRepe) February 7, 2013
ABBOTT: Michael Abbott returned to the Saint John lineup on Thursday. He hasn’t played since January 20 due to a lower body injury. He was a -1 and had four shots.
FIRST: It wasn’t the greatest of opening periods for Saint John. They were down 2-0 after one and out shot 15-7. Only one of the Sea Dogs’ seven shots were listed as dangerous. Sebastien Auger made some big saves.
DUREPOS: Pierre Durepos blasted a shot from the point at 5:49 of the second period on the power play to get the Sea Dogs on the board. It was Durepos fifth goal of the season. He finished the game a team worst -3.
DUFFY: Big night for Ben Duffy on Thursday. Thanks to a five-point performance last night, Duffy now leads the QMJHL in scoring with 82 points. The 20-year old forward had a goal and four assists last in his first star performance.
CURRIE: Josh Currie had a goal and two assists last night and now sits second in the league in scoring with 81 points.
SECOND: The Sea Dogs fell deeper into the hole early in the second as the Rocket scored twice just over three minutes in. PEI led 5-1 after two. Saint John did catch up on the shot clock, out shooting PEI 16-12 in the middle frame.
LAPLANTE: Yan-Pavel Laplante made his season debut for the Rocket. He has missed the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Last night, Laplante registered two shots and four hits.
SPECIAL TEAMS: There were three power play goals scored last night. PEI went 2-for-7 and Saint John went 1-for-6.
COMEBACK: The Sea Dogs didn’t just go away in the third despite being down 5-1. Noah Zilbert and Mackenzie Brown each scored to make it 5-3 and make a game of it. But penalties hurt Saint John’s chance of completing a comeback. The Dogs pulled Auger but Josh Currier scored the empty netter with 24 seconds left.
BROWN: Mackenzie Brown scored his first goal of the season in the third period. He has a goal and an assist in 20 games this year. Brown was named third star. He had a goal and an assist in 13 games last season.
STREAKS: Saint John has now lost seven straight games while PEI extended their winning streak to four games.
STANDINGS: The Sea Dogs still sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the league with a 19-31-1-0 record. They are five points up on the Sherbrooke Phoenix who sit 16th.
NOTES: Lots of scouts at this game… before the game, Jakub Izacky was named the Sea Dogs’ player of the month for January. David Weckworth was named the student of the month… in an awkward moment during the pre-game ceremony, it was announced Aidan Kelly was the team’s student of the month… Ross Yates ran the Sea Dogs bench again with Mike Kelly away… Jimmy Oligny had six shots on goal… Oliver Cooper had five shots… Maxime Villemaire had four hits… PEI out hit Saint John 16-9… Andreas Tsogkas recorded his first point - an assist - since January 4... I’ve been in libraries louder than Harbour Station last night.
HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV.
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