Monday, January 11, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 5-4

FINAL: Rimouski 4, Saint John 5

SAINT JOHN – After struggling to find consistency in the first half of the season, the Saint John Sea Dogs find themselves on a five-game winning streak to start the second.

The Sea Dogs won their fifth consecutive game on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station, defeating the Rimouski Oceanic 5-4. The win, which also gives Saint John points in each of their past seven games, allowed the Sea Dogs to leapfrog the Oceanic into sixth overall in the league standings.

Another aspect that plagued the Dogs in the first half but was solid on this day? The power play. Saint John scored on four of their six man advantage opportunities and was a key reason they posted a victory today.

Matthew Highmore led the way with a hat trick for the Sea Dogs. Nathan Noel and Sam Povorozniouk also scored while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 33 saves in the win.

Rimouski had a pair of goals from Nicolas Werbik while singles came from Dominic Cormier and Deven St-Hilaire. Louis-Philip Guindon made 27 saves in the loss.

Saint John didn't grab their first lead of the game until early in the third period. The Sea Dogs’ website has a full game recap.

  • The Sea Dogs were without Bokondji Imama (suspension - game 10/15), Bailey Webster (upper body), Samuel Dove-McFalls (lower body), Oliver Felixson (upper body), Nico Blachman (healthy) and Gabriel Bettez (healthy). Saint John dressed the same lineup as they did on Saturday in Bathurst.
  • Matthew Highmore has four goals in his past two games while Nathan Noel has six in his past seven.
  • Mathieu Joseph improved his home point streak to 10 straight games with two assists in this one.
  • This was the first meeting of the season between the two.
  • For Superhero Day at Harbour Station, 96.1 NewSong FM used the Superman theme as the intro song for the Sea Dogs pre-game show. Nice touch.

The Sea Dogs host the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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