Friday, November 6, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 3-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Drummondville 3

DRUMMONDVILLE – The Saint John Sea Dogs fought hard but ultimately fell 3-2 to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday night at the Marcel Dionne Centre.

Saint John went just 1-for-6 on the power play and could only convert on two of their 24 shots in the loss. The Sea Dogs’ offense showed signs of promise at times but sputtered too often.

Michael Carcone’s empty net goal ended up being the game winner while Frederic Aube’s goal midway through the third was the real difference maker. Sergei Boikov also scored for Drummondville while Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 22 saves in the win.

Thomas Chabot and Nathan Noel had Saint John’s goals – both of which were coast-to-coast markers assisted by Alex Bishop. Bishop made 24 stops in the loss.

It appeared as though Matthew Highmore had opened the scoring while shorthanded early in the first. Despite a review that seemingly showed the puck hitting mesh, it was called no goal.
The Sea Dogs had to kill off four Drummondville power plays in the opening frame and successfully did so. There was no score after one.

At 9:34 of the second, Boikov opened the scoring when he blasted a point shot through some traffic and past Bishop. At 13:18, Saint John was awarded a full two-minute five-on-three power play and then got some additional time when Emanuel Aucoin went to the box at 14:43. Despite some great pressure and a few good chances, Saint John’s season long power play struggles continued and they remained down 1-0.

Soon after Saint John’s power play ended, it appeared as though the Voltigeurs had made it 2-0 but the goal was immediately called off due to goaltender interference.

At 1:28 of the third, Saint John’s power play finally broke through. Chabot got the puck behind the Sea Dogs net and went coast-to-coast with it to tie things at 1-1.

The Sea Dogs were called for too many men at 6:49, sending the Volts to the man advantage. At 7:32, the puck found Aube in front who got control of the bouncing disc and beat Bishop to give Drummondville a 2-1 advantage.

Despite some chances here and there for the Dogs, the Voltigeurs all but iced the game with an empty net goal from Carcone at 18:40 to make it 3-1. Noel scored a beautiful coast-to-coast goal much like Chabot’s with 31 seconds to play but that was as close as Saint John would get.
  • The Sea Dogs were without forwards Joe Veleno (World Under-17 Hockey Challenge), Samuel Dove-McFalls (knee), Matt Green (upper body) and Julien Tessier (upper body) along with defenseman Austin Clapham (healthy).
  • Oliver Felixson returned to the Saint John lineup for the first time since Oct. 18.
  • With a first period tilt against Michael Carcone, Nathan Noel now leads the Sea Dogs in fights this season with three. Yes, this is the real world.
  • Drummondville captain Joey Ratelle was injured in the first period after getting tangled up with Felixson in the corner. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return.
  • Alex Bishop had another fairly strong game in net, which was good to see.

Frederic Aube’s third period goal gave Drummondville a 2-1 lead at the time and guided the Volts to a victory.

1. Frederic Aube
2. Nathan Noel
3. Thomas Chabot

The Sea Dogs travel to Quebec City to face the Remparts tomorrow at 8 p.m.

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