MONCTON – The Moncton Wildcats avenged a 10-3 beating on Friday with a hard fought 4-2 win over their bitter provincial rivals, the Saint John Sea Dogs, Sunday afternoon at the Moncton Coliseum - to mark the end of the QMJHL's "Rivalry Week."
Manuel Wiederer had a pair of goals and an assist for Moncton. Adam Capannelli and William Bower added singles for the Wildcats. Nathan Noel and Spencer Smallman replied for the Sea Dogs. Matthew Waite stopped 31 shots to earn the win while Alex Bishop had 15 saves to take the loss.
The notes ...
- The Sea Dogs opened the scoring at 4:16 of the first when Noel banged the rebound of a Smallman shot past a fallen Waite.
- After prolonged heavy pressure in Moncton's end - the Wildcats got on the board at 8:33 of the first when Wiederer finished off a two-on-one with Capannelli, firing a laser beam over Bishop's shoulder.
- The Sea Dogs regained their lead on a power play at 13:40 as Smallman took a cross ice feed from Mathieu Joseph and fired a wrist shot to the top shelf.
- With two Sea Dogs in the box - and Oliver Felixson on one leg after having his skate blade broken - Wiederer potted his second of the night at 14:57 of the second period to tie the game 2-2.
- Capannelli fired a laser past Bishop on a power play at 10:24 of the third to give the Wildcats the lead 3-2. Ironically (or not), the hosts got away with a pair of infractions earlier in that power play - a hook on a Joseph partial breakaway and a high stick on Highmore seconds before the goal.
- Bower, a Saint John native, potted an empty net marker with 45.3 seconds left to seal the win.
- Rugged Sea Dogs defenceman Chase Stewart suffered a lower body injury in Friday's 10-3 victory over Moncton and was unable to play on Sunday. Vincent Martineau was called up to replace Stewart.
- Noah Massie - younger brother of former Sea Dogs draft choice and current Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jake Massie - and Capannelli returned to the Wildcats lineup after sitting on Friday's game in Saint John.
- To virtually nobody's surprise, the Ottawa Senators allowed Thomas Chabot to warm up on Friday night in Vancouver - but sent the young defenceman to the press box once again. Chabot has now appeared in only 1 of Ottawa's seven regular season games.
- For the first time in 12 seasons and after 769 consecutive games, David "DK" Kelly was not behind the Sea Dogs bench for a regular season game. All of us at SN send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the man that many - especially Sea Dogs alumni - view as the heart and soul of the team.
- Elsewhere in the QMJHL - Charlottetown throttled Bathurst 9-2 to sweep their home-and-home series this weekend. Reports out of Blainville-Boisbriand indicate that star defenceman Jeremy Roy will be out of the Armada lineup for "an indefinite and prolonged absence."
Dove-McFalls - Highmore - Joseph
Smallman - Noel - M. Green
Imama - Pare - Ward
LeBlanc - Quinney - Reginato
Zboril - Webster
Bernier - L. Green
Felixson - Martineau
SCRATCHES: Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators); Chase Stewart, John Warren and Joe Veleno (Injuries); Zach Grzelewski and Bryson Michel (healthy).
Adam Capannelli's power play goal midway through the third period proved to be the game winner.
SN PLAYERS OF THE GAME
1. Matthew Waite
2. Manuel Wiederer
3. Spencer Smallman
TWEET OF THE GAME
NEXT GAMEThat helpless feeling when one of your guys loses a skate blade and your 150kms away watching on TV... ugh lol— DK (@SeaDogsDK) October 30, 2016
The Sea Dogs travel to Cape Breton to face the Screaming Eagles Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.