A collection of recaps from last night’s 6-3 Saint John Sea Dogs loss to the Gatineau Olympiques…
Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs have now lost five straight games.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
The Canadian Press’ recap. Martin Reway and Derek Sheppard each scored twice and Tomas Hyka had three assists as the Olympiques (22-24-3) doubled up Saint John (19-30-0), which is winless in five games.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs continued the road trip, visiting the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday. The Olympiques came out on top 6-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Matthew Highmore (lower body), Connor Donaghey (shoulder), Michael Abbott (lower body), and Brett Malone (personal reasons) on Friday night.
News 88.9 reports that Highmore is out indefinitely for this road trip and will be re-evaluated when the team returns home. He left Wednesday’s game in the second period with a lower body issue. The rookie forward missed most of the first half recovery from shoulder surgery.
ANDERSON: Stephen Anderson now has goals in back-to-back games after opening the scoring at 18:29 of the first. The goal came on the power play after Gatineau was called for too many men. It was a nice reward for a pretty good first period by the Dogs. Shots were 11-9 Saint John after 20 minutes.
REPE: Defenseman Jurij Repe finally made his return to the Saint John lineup. He had not played with the team since November 25 because he broke his hand at the Division 1 world juniors. The Slovenian made an immediate impact, assisting on Stephen Anderson’s first period goal. He finished the game with two assists, two shots, and two penalty minutes.
SECOND: Saint John let things slip away in the second period. Gatineau scored three times – including twice on the power play – to lead 3-1 after two. Derek Sheppard had two goals and Rock Regimbald had the other. Despite the lopsided scoring summary, shots were just only 6-5 Gatineau in the middle stanza.
DICKINSON: Justin Dickinson dropped the gloves with Mickael Beauregard at 7:51 of the second for a pretty good tilt. Dickinson was given a misconduct for “not wearing a tied-down sweater, or without straps, or a player who has one or both arms coming out the jersey, during a fight.” This according to the QMJHL website.
Dickinson picked up another misconduct in the third, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct. He waved his arms in the air and got the crowd wound up as he left the ice.
THIRD: The officials handed out misconducts in the third period like candy on Halloween. Things got especially wild at the 13:09 mark.
3 - SNB Jason Cameron, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
3 - SNB Steven Duda, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
3 - SNB Ian Saab, 13:09 - Fighting, (2.2)
3 - SNB Maxime Villemaire, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
3 - GAT Mickaël Beauregard, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
3 - GAT Samuel Courtemanche, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
3 - GAT Jean-Simon Deslauriers, 13:09 - Instigator, (1.4) (PP)
3 - GAT Jean-Simon Deslauriers, 13:09 - Fighting, (2.2)
3 - GAT Jean-Simon Deslauriers, 13:09 - Instigator - Misconduct, (3.4)
3 - GAT Jordan Kennedy, 13:09 - Not clearing the area of a fight - Misconduct, (3.5)
To the surprise of nobody, the shift after Cameron, Saab, and Villemaire were sent off, Emile Poirier cut through the crease and ran over Alex Fournier. Jeff Kelly came out to have a look at the Sea Dogs goaltender but he was okay.
Nicolas Dutil was one of the referees last night. Dutil was involved in the Saint John/Shawinigan round-robin game at the Memorial Cup that got really, really ugly.
POWER PLAYS: Both teams had their power plays clicking. Gatineau went 4-for-6 while Saint John went 3-for-9. Two of the Sea Dogs’ power play goals were scored during 5-on-3 man advantages.
HYKA: Tomas Hyka registered three assists last night. He is third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 39 games.
BOURRET: Former Sea Dogs defenseman Gabriel Bourret had one shot and two penalty minutes last night.
FOURNIER: Alex Fournier got the start in goal for Saint John and is still looking for his first QMJHL victory. The netminder allowed six goals on 26 shots in last night’s game. He dropped to 0-8-0 with a 5.91 goals against average and 0.833 save percentage.
CUOMO: Marcus Cuomo scored his fifth goal of the season. It was his first goal since November 16 and first point since January 16. He has nine points in 45 games this year.
LEBLANC: Olivier LeBlanc scored his first goal since October 26. He now has four goals and nine assists in 44 games.
STREAK: The Sea Dogs have now lost five straight games. It is the longest active losing streak in the league.
STANDINGS: The Sea Dogs dropped to 19-30-0-0 with last night’s loss. They remain fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the league. Their next win will give them 20 wins and 40 points.
NOTES: Ross Yates ran the Sea Dogs bench with Mike Kelly away scouting once again… Maxime Villemaire had four shots… Jason Cameron had two hits… David Weckworth was a -2 against his old team… Emile Poirier and Simon Tardif-Richard each had five shots… Derek Sheppard had two hits.
OUT OF TOWN
Cape Breton 1 at P.E.I. 2
Drummondville 2 at Quebec 5
Rouyn-Noranda 4 at Sherbrooke 2
Halifax 3 at Baie-Comeau 1
Victoriaville 1 at Blainville-Boisbriand 2
Acadie-Bathurst 3 at Chicoutimi 2 (SO)
Val-d'Or 4 at Rimouski 5
Moncton 2 at Shawinigan 1 (OT)
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs travel to Shawinigan to take on the rival Cataractes today at 5pm.