Saturday, September 10, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs beat Islanders in SO

FINAL: Charlottetown 2, Saint John 3 (SO)

By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN  - The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at Harbour Station.

The exhibition contest was likely the Sea Dogs’ final home game before several players make their way to NHL training camps. The game also featured a large audience thanks to the Sea Dogs offering free tickets for the match - which sold out relatively quickly.

It didn’t take long for new Sea Dog Chase Stewart to make a big impression, taking on Trevor Stacey in a heavyweight tilt and knocking the Islanders’ lid off with some heavy punches. The Sea Dogs would strike first when Bokondji Imama powered a wrist shot past Blade Mann-Dixon, sending Saint John to the dressing room with a 1-0 advantage.

The Islanders would even things up at 1-1 at the 3:29 mark of the second period off the stick of newly acquired Pascal Aquin. That would be all the scoring in a tight checking middle period of play.

The Islanders would strike first in the third, giving the visitors their first lead of the game at 11:51 when Cody Donaghey’s wrist shot deflected in front of Alex Bishop and found its way into the back of the net. The lead was short lived however as Joe Veleno caught a pass in the slot and went bar-down on Mann-Dixon just 46 seconds later. That would be all the scoring in regulation time and, after overtime solved nothing, the game went to a shootout.

In the shootout:
Joe Veleno was stopped
Filip Chlapik was stopped
Nathan Noel rung a shot off the post
Cody Donaghey missed the net
Zach Grzelewski scored on a wrist shot
Kameron Kielly missed the net

  • Scratches for the Sea Dogs were Matt Green, Mathieu Joseph, Oliver Felixson, Vincent Martineau, Alexander Vdovenko and Dan Del Paggio. Thomas Chabot and Jakub Zboril were also out of the lineup.
  • Scratches for the Islanders Jake Barter, Matthew Grouchy and Jake Coughler.
  • Spencer Smallman celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • Former Sea Dog netminder Blade Mann-Dixon played for the Islanders.
  • Chase Stewart played in his first QMJHL game.
  • More than a few people took free tickets and didn’t attend.
Boko Imama
Alex Bishop
Cody Donaghey

The Sea Dogs are in Charlottetown on Saturday night to face the Islanders at 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.

1 comment:

  1. If they giving away free tickets, then people shouldn't take them unless they're going to attend. The ticket holders should make an effort to be there. After all the ticket holders got something for nothing.