By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff
MONCTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs were looking to bounce back after suffering a 4-2 setback to the Moncton Wildcats less than 24 hours earlier. It didn’t happen on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum as the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 4-3 in overtime.
The Sea Dogs carried the play for most of the early going but it was the Wildcats getting on the board first when Jacob Sweeney ripped a one timer for his first goal of the season. Later in the frame, Nathan Noel was called for boarding and Will Smith took exception, prompting a spirited tilt between the two lightweights. Just moments after that altercation it was Sam Povorozniouk jumping all over a juicy rebound off Sebastien Dupre, which tied the game at 1-1. That’s how the opening period would end.
The second period saw plenty of special teams action with both sides taking a total of four minor penalties - two of which were offsetting minors. Oddly enough with all the power plays that were there to be had it was a Spencer Smallman’s shorthanded goal that would be the only tally of the period, giving the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead going into the third period.
The Wildcats came out flying in the third period and it took just 28 seconds for Conor Garland to find the back of the net, tying the game at 2-2. The Wildcats would take the lead just before the five-minute mark when Manuel Wiederer notched a power play marker. The Sea Dogs would answer though with 9:05 left in the third period when Noel put one past Dupre and sending the game to overtime.
The overtime frame didn’t last long tough, taking just 18 seconds for Garland to lift one over the shoulder of Marc-Antoine Turcotte and give the Wildcats a 4-3 win.
- The Sea Dogs’ power play continues to struggle. At just 9.5%, it is the worst in the QMJHL by a fairly wide margin.
- Daniel Del Paggio moved to a line with Nathan Noel and Spencer Smallman while Bokondji Imama moved to a line with Joe Veleno and Sam Povorozniouk.
- Kyle Ward and Dawson Theede continue to rotate in and out of the lineup. Ward played in this game.
- Bailey Webster took the warm-up but did not play. Oliver Felixson and Samuel Dove-McFalls remained out as well.
- Today marked Danny Flynn’s first game back at the Moncton Coliseum.
- Nathan Noel had his second fight of the season, taking on Will Smith.
- Sam Povorozniouk is tied with Matthew Highmore for the team scoring lead with 14 apiece.
- Attendance for this game was 3,946.
In a game that was back and forth as much as this one was, I have to go to the overtime winner by Conor Garland.
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TWEET OF THE GAME
His first ever tweet - although I’m not sure about Sea Dogs in a kennel. It’s an honour to be part of your first tweet!
The Sea Dogs will roll out the welcome mat for the first place Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.