Saturday, October 31, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 5-3

FINAL: Val-d’Or 3, Saint John 5

By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - It was Halloween at the Station on Saturday night in Saint John. The home town Sea Dogs had more tricks than treats for their visitors from Val-d'Or and came away with a solid 5-3 win over the Foreurs. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and allowed Saint John to jump back into second place in the Maritimes Division, three points behind the Moncton Wildcats - who lost 7-3 in Bathurst - with one game in hand. 

Adam Marsh, Thomas Chabot, Dan Del Paggio, Matthew Highmore and Jakub Zboril each had a goal for Saint John. Nathan Tremblay had two goals and Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant one for Val-d'Or.   

1st Period
Former Sea Dog Jack vanBoekel was penalized during his first shift back on Harbour Station ice. The Sea Dogs power play was buzzing but a few close misses and several big saves by Foreurs' rookie goaltender Dereck Baribeau kept the game scoreless until close to the nine-minute mark. At that point, Marsh one-timed a rebound off a Mathieu Joseph shot to open the scoring. The Sea Dogs' power play did click at 14:46, when Chabot's blast from the point made it 2-0. However, Val-d'Or responded with a power play goal of their own when a point shot banked off Tremblay past a screened Marc-Antoine Turcotte at 17:18.

2nd Period
The Sea Dogs got off to a great start in the second period and, before the one-minute mark, Del Paggio completed a multi-pass two-on-one with Nathan Noel by chipping the puck just over Baribeau from near the goal line to restore a two goal lead. Saint John's power play would cash in again at 15:29, when Highmore dug the puck out of a scramble and slid it past a fallen Baribeau to extend the Sea Dogs' lead to 4-1. Just past the 17-minute mark, Ouellette-St-Amant snuck in behind Saint John's defence and finished with a nifty deke to the backhand. The period ended with the hosts up 4-2.
3rd Period
After a hard fought first half of the third period, the Foreurs drew within one, when Tremblay converted off a scramble by flipping the puck just over Turcottte at 10:21.  Roughly a minute later, Turcotte absolutely robbed Val-d'Or star Julien Gauthier with an acrobatic save to keep Saint John in front. Then, at 12:12, a heavy shot from the point by Zboril found its way through a crowd and past Baribeau to set the final score at 5-3.

  • It was "Halloween at the Station" and several fans - both young and old - were dressed in the favorite costumes to celebrate All Hallows' Evening. 
  • Wayne Long - former Sea Dogs president and newly elected MP for Saint John - Rothesay - was recognized for his major contributions to the city of Saint John and especially to the Sea Dogs hockey club prior to the game.
  • During an interview on 96.1 New Song FM, majority owner Scott McCain stated that the team hopes to have a new president in place in the January/February time frame.
  • Defenceman Luke Green was forced to miss the game due to an illness (flu-like symptoms). Austin Clapham replaced Green on defence.
  • Julien Tessier is out day-to-day following a vicious check from behind Friday evening.  
  • With Joe Veleno in B.C. with Team Canada Black for the World U17 Challenge, along with Samuel Dove-McFalls, Matt Green and Oliver Felixson all out with injuries, the Sea Dogs only dressed six defensemen and 11 forwards.
  • Foreurs' star Alexis Pepin was not dressed following a match penalty Friday evening in Cape Breton for spearing.
  • Attendance - 2,266

Marc-Antoine Turcotte's highlight of the night save to deny Julien Gauthier - followed by Jakub Zboril's goal shortly later - in the third period proved to be the difference on this night.

Jason Bell leveled Adam Cheezo near centre ice with a clean, open ice hit in the first period.

Matthew Highmore (1G, 1A)
Nathan Noel (2A)
Marc-Antoine Turcotte (29 saves)

There’s a lot to like about what’s happening in this photo.
The Sea Dogs travel to Quebec for three games in four days, starting in Sherbrooke on Wednesday with an 8 p.m. start against the Phoenix.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

1 comment:

  1. What happened to Bell? Played a few shifts but that was it. Looked like he stayed on the bench for game. In the dog house for something?