Sunday, September 15, 2013

RECAP: Nobody's Perfect. Dogs Lose 4-1.

FINAL: Saint John 1, Bathurst 4

BATHURST – Oliver Cooper was the only Saint John Sea Dog who could score on Sunday afternoon in Bathurst.

Cooper scored Saint John’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at the KC Irving Regional Centre. The Titan improved to 2-0-0-0 on the year while the Sea Dogs fell to 1-1-0-0.

The Sea Dogs fired 30 shots on Mason McDonald but could only break through the Titan netminder once. Another factor in Saint John’s loss was their power play. The Sea Dogs went 0-for-7 on the man advantage. Bathurst is a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill this year.
The Sea Dogs dressed three rookie defensemen so they were a bit shaky in their own end at times in this game. Goaltender Antoine Landry started again in place of the injured Sebastien Auger and was good, making 27 saves in the loss.

Anthony Gingras, Adam Stevens, Alexandros Soumakis, and Raphael Lafontaine scored for the Titan. McDonald made 29 saves for the win in net.

These two teams meet again on Saturday night in Saint John.

Bathurst had a couple good scoring chances in the first 10 minutes but, for the most part, it was a fairly uneventful first half of this period.

The Titan opened the scoring at 13:38 as a cross ice feed from Lafontaine found Gingras who fired a shot over the glove of Landry to make it 1-0.

Less than a minute later, Lucas Grundy and Lukas Walter dropped the gloves and were ready to go but the linesmen broke it up before they could start. They each received delay of game penalties.

At 15:31 during the four-on-four play, Stevens scored to make it 2-0 Bathurst.

Not surprisingly, Grundy and Walter dropped the gloves just as they stepped out of the penalty boxes. What a tilt this one was. Grundy was really throwing them early in the fight but then Walter came back with some of his own. Both players got some good shots in before it ended.

Saint John was a awarded a power play late in the frame but could not connect before the period ended. Shots in the first were 16-8 in favour of the Titan.

The Sea Dogs opened the period with 55 seconds of power play time but could not generate any solid scoring opportunities.

The Titan headed to the power play at 9:47 for the first time in this game. Much like Saint John, they could not get a whole lot going. The Sea Dogs produced a pretty good penalty kill.

The Sea Dogs headed back to the power play at 12:39. Matthew Highmore was sprung on a breakaway but the play was just offside and whistled dead. Unfortunate times. The Dogs had some pressure on late in the man advantage but could not beat McDonald.

Uneventful second period. Shots were 9-7 in favour of Saint John.

Mathieu Leclerc was sent off for hooking at 3:38 followed by Francois Godin at 4:09 to give Saint John a huge five-on-three power play opportunity. The Sea Dogs were buzzing in the offensive zone and got some shots on net but could not beat McDonald in the Titan net.

Kelly Bent was called for high sticking at 6:41 and it would be costly. At 6:57, Alex Andros Soumakis scored to give Bathurst a 3-0 advantage.

The Sea Dogs had a great chance just moments after the Titan goal. Connor Donaghey carried the puck into the zone on a three-on-one. He then fed Nathan Noel who went back to Donaghey but was denied by McDonald.

But Saint John would not be denied at 8:13 as Cooper scored to put the Dogs back in it.

The Dogs were given another power play chance at 9:20 as Grundy was called for roughing. But once again Saint John could not cash in.

A few moments after the power play, Stephen Anderson fired a shot past McDonald but hit the crossbar.

Samuel Dove-McFalls Noah Zilbert (according to the Q site) headed to the sin bin at 13:04. Mackenzie Brown joined him in the box at 14:13 to send Bathurst to a five-on-three power play. Bathurst didn’t score with the two man advantage but did on the one man. Lafontaine scored at 15:25 to make it 4-1.

That was basically it. Shots were 13-8 Saint John in the third and 31-30 Titan overall.

Bathurst went 2-for-4 on the power play while Saint John went 0-for-7.

NOTES: We’ll have some posted tomorrow.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Titan on Saturday night at Harbour Station.

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