Saturday, March 26, 2016

GAME 2 RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 4-2

FINAL: Bathurst 2, Saint John 4
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – It was a similar score but a much tighter contest in game two of the first round series between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Thomas Chabot, Sam Povorozniouk, Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph scored in Saint John’s 4-2 victory over the visiting Titan on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of seven-series. Christophe Boivin and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel scored for Bathurst.

The Sea Dogs controlled much of the play early on in the opening period, at one point outshooting the Titan 9-1. Saint John would strike first with a bomb from the point by Chabot finding its way through a maze of players and past Reilly Pickard at 12:54. The Titan would even the score with a late power play goal from Boivin at 19:46. The shot changed direction on it’s way through, beating Marc-Antoine Turcotte and sending the teams to the dressing room tied at 1-1.

The second period got off to a furious start with Povorozniouk scoring off a one time shot to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead just 33 seconds in. Bathurst would reply just 17 seconds later on a goal from Viel to even things at 2-2 before the period was even a minute old. That would be all the scoring in the middle frame.

The third period was full of drama to say the least. The game remained tied until Highmore scored what turned out to be the game winner with just 2:48 left in the contest. 
With 44 seconds left in the period, Bathurst tried to pull Pickard as the Sea Dogs started breaking into the zone. Pickard decided to try and reach the bench anyway but collided with the referee, leaving a wide open net for Mathieu Joseph to finish things off.
That made it a 4-2 final.

  • The Sea Dogs dressed the same lineup as they did on Friday. They were without defensemen Bailey Webster (upper body), Alex Bernier (upper body) and Luke Green (upper body) along with forwards Jordan King (healthy), Nico Blachman (healthy), Kallum Muirhead (healthy) and Cedric Pare (healthy).
  • Scratches for the Titan were Marc Audet, Elijah Francis, Egor Popov, Francis Thibeault, Jake Barter, Jerome Gravel and Jason Bell.
  • There was a nice moment before the game as the Sea Dogs recognized assistant equipment manager George Ferguson, who is set to retire. The team gave him tickets to a NASCAR race in New Hampshire and a No. 88 jersey.
  • Sam Povorozniouk continued his great start to the playoffs by picking up his fourth goal of the playoffs.
  • Nathan Noel now has five assists in this series.
  • Attendance was 3,755.

The game winner with only 2:48 left on the clock by Matthew Highmore was not doubt turning point in this one.

Reilly Pickard
Matthew Highmore
Jakub Zboril

The Sea Dogs travel to Bathurst where game three is set to take place on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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