Sunday, December 29, 2013

RECAP: Out With A Bang. Dogs Win 2-1.

FINAL: Saint John 2, Moncton 1
MONCTON – Bailey Webster made quite an impact in his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.

The 16-year old defenseman who was called up from the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League earlier this week helped setup both Saint John goals in a 2-1 Sea Dogs victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Plenty of other Sea Dogs had solid afternoons as the team closed out 2013 with a bang. It’s been a solid run of late for the rebuilding Port City squad who have now won three of their past four and three straight on the road.

Saint John’s victory also ended Moncton’s winning streak at nine games. The Wildcats picked up their ninth straight win on Saturday night at Harbour Station.

Like last weekend in Cape Breton, the Sea Dogs played a good road game. Saint John was also missing two of their best forwards today – Nathan Noal and Stephen Anderson – but still managed to produce enough offense to win. Spencer Smallman and Kelly Bent scored for the Dogs in this one while Sebastien Auger was Sebastien Auger, making 30 stops in the win and almost earning a shutout.

Moncton’s lone goal came from Christophe Lalonde. Alex Dubeau made 22 saves in the loss.

Smallman opened the scoring at 12:37 of the first period. Oliver Cooper’s original shot was stopped but Alex Dubeau allowed a rebound, allowing Smallman to record his eighth of the year.

There were two fights in the first as well with Lukas Walter and Dillon Donnelly fighting at 12:47 and then Mathieu Olivier and Alexander McQuaid dropping the gloves at 14:13.

Saint John extended their lead to 2-0 at 14:09 of the second as Bent scored his fourth of the year.

In the final minute of the game, Lalonde scored a power play goal at 19:42 to give the ‘Cats a chance. But Auger and the Sea Dogs would not allow Moncton to tie things up.

Shots in the game were 31-24 in favour of Moncton.

Saint John went 0-for-4 on the power play while Moncton went 1-for-6.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads next Saturday at Harbour Station.

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