Monday, February 25, 2013

POSTSCRIPT: Voltigeurs 1, Sea Dogs 0

A collection of recaps from yesterday’s 1-0 Saint John Sea Dogs loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs…

Our recap. The Sea Dogs set their sights on the visiting Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday afternoon as the teams went head to head at Harbour Station.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). In fairness to the Drummondville Voltigeurs, they had been generating lots of pressure in the third period.

L’Express’ recap. Final game of a Maritime road trip for the Volts.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.

The Canadian Press’ recap. Jerome Verrier scored the winning goal at 16:34 of the third period while on the power play and Louis-Philip Guindon stopped 26 shots as Drummondville (32-23-4) handed the Sea Dogs (21-37-1) their fourth loss in a row.’s recap. Sebastien Auger did as much as he could to keep the Saint John Sea Dogs in the game, but the Drummondville Volitgeurs took home a 1-0 decision over the Sea Dogs. The biggest crowd of the season of 5,861 took in Sunday afternoon’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at Harbour Station.

SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Jeremy Doucet (healthy), Justin Dickinson (healthy), Pierre Durepos (lower body), and Brett Malone (healthy) on Sunday afternoon.

Durepos missed his second straight game with a lower body injury.

FIRST: It was an entertaining first period with plenty of scoring chances and physical play. Shots were 14-9 in favour of Drummondville while hits were 12-8 also in favour of the visitors.

THIRD: After a fairly even first two periods, Drummondville took over the game in the third period. The Volts out shot the Sea Dogs 22-7 in the third and maintained possession for much of the frame. An unfortunate high sticking penalty by Jakub Izacky at 16:18 gave Drummondville the break they needed as Jerome Verrier scored the only goal of the match at 16:34.

VERRIER: Impressive game by Jerome Verrier. He connected for the game-winner and only goal of the game at 16:34 of the third, had a team high nine shots, and had four hits. Verrier leads the Volts in scoring with 30 goals and 36 assists for 66 points in 59 games.

MEDIA BREAK: In the third period during a media time out, the entire Sea Dogs team cleared the bench to listen to Mike Kelly.

AUGER: Another unreal performance from Sebastien Auger yesterday. He made 44 saves including 21 in the third period. The Sea Dogs are giving up an average of 35.51 shots against per game this season, the second worst average in the league.

CROWD: 5,875 watched this one at Harbour Station. It was the biggest crowd of the year, breaking the previous mark of 5,330 on New Year’s Eve. Saint John is averaging 3,844 fans per game with four home games remaining.

VS DRUMM: The Sea Dogs will finish the season with a 0-2-0-0 record against Drummondville while the Volts finish with a 2-0-0-0 record against Saint John.

STANDINGS: The Dogs fell to 21-37-1-0 on the season with yesterday’s loss and remain 15th overall in the league and two points ahead of the 16th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix. Each team has nine games left on their schedule.

NOTES: Sea Dogs captain Pierre Durepos turned 21 on Sunday… Olivier Archambault was injured after taking a hit in the first period. He stayed down on the ice for a few moments before heading back the bench. He would be okay and returned to action soon after… Ian Saab took two minor penalties in the first period and three overall… also in the first, Jerome Verrier got right up in Sebastien Auger’s grill and the two appeared to exchange words… Harlem Shake has replaced Gangnam Style at the end of the dance cam… Maxime Villemaire had seven shots… Olivier LeBlanc had four hits… Spencer Smallman went 7/8 on faceoffs… Saint John won 33 of 56 faceoffs overall… pile of the hits in this game. Hits ended 22-21 in favour of Drummondville.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV.

Acadie-Bathurst 3 at Halifax 11
Cape Breton 2 at P.E.I. 8
Shawinigan 1 at Blainville-Boisbriand 6

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Wednesday night at Harbour Station. Upper bowl tickets are available for $8.

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