Saturday, August 20, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs fall again in Hub City

MONCTON - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped their second game of the Hub City Showcase on Saturday.

Nick Fewer, Olivier Mathieu and Alexander Vdovenko scored Saint John's lone goals in a 7-3 loss to the Moncton Wildcats at the Superior Propane Centre. The loss drops the Sea Dogs to 0-2 at the rookie tournament after falling 4-1 to the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday.

Saint John will play their final game of the tournament tomorrow at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Casey Fox opened the scoring for the Wildcats 5:36 into the third period. Christophe Bohemier doubled Moncton's lead at 16:13.

In the second period, a puck deflected off Sea Dogs defenceman Simon Elsliger and past goaltender Matthew Williams. The goal, scored at 8:22, was awarded to Jacob Hudson to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

Saint John finally got on the board at 15:57 when Fewer scored by backhanding a shot past Wildcats goaltender Dominik Tmej.

While shorthanded at 18:40, Derek Dicaire scored to reclaim Moncton's three-goal lead. The 'Cats then made it 5-1 when Bohemier netted his second of the match at 2:30 of the third.

The Sea Dogs responded quickly from Bohemer's goal as Mathieu, Saint John's top pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, scored his first QMJHL pre-season goal at 3:14. Then, with 7:01 to play, Vdovenko scored to get Saint John within two.

But just as the Sea Dogs got back into it, the Wildcats quickly extended their lead to secure the victory. Samuel Meisenheimer scored at 15:44 and then Bohemier completed his hat trick at 17:58 to make it a 7-3 final.

Williams made 33 stops in the loss while Tmej made 30 in the win.

Photo: Hub City Showcase Twitter

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