FINAL: Shawinigan 2, Saint John 4
SAINT JOHN – Playing their first home game in weeks, the Saint John Sea Dogs picked things up right where they left off.
Samuel Dove-McFalls led the way with a pair of goals in Saint John’s 4-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday night at Harbour Station. The victory improved the Sea Dogs’ home record to an impressive 9-0-0-2 this season.
Justice Dundas and Matthew Highmore also scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the win.
Shawinigan goals came from Giovanni Fiore and Alexis D’Aoust. Marvin Cupper made 31 saves in the loss.
Shawinigan opened the scoring at 10:14 of the first period as Giovanni connected. The Sea Dogs responded fairly quickly though as Dundas netted his 10th of the season at 14:35. Shots were 12-9 in favour of the Cataractes.
Fast-forward to the final minute of the second during a Sea Dogs power play, a Thomas Chabot shot went off the post and Dove-McFalls put in the rebound to give Saint John their first lead of the night. Shots were 15-10 in favour of the Dogs in the second.
46 seconds into the third and on another power play, Dove-McFalls put in his own rebound to make it a 3-1 game. Highmore scored just under a minute later to give Saint John a commanding 4-1 advantage.
D’Aoust scored the final goal of the game at 9:13, making it a 4-2 final. Shots were 12-11 in favour of the Cataractes in the third.
- Sea Dogs scratches were goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon (healthy); defensemen Luke Green (suspension) and Adam Bateman (upper body); and forwards Alexander Kealey (body soreness) and Julien Tessier (healthy).
- The Sea Dogs scored twice on the power play. This is good.
- Thomas Chabot and Jakub Zboril each had two assists.
- Samuel Dove-McFalls had seven shots.
- The Sea Dogs moved back into sole possession of first place in the Maritimes Division with a 15-5-0-3 record for 33 points.
The Sea Dogs host the Charlottetown Islanders tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.