SAINT JOHN – A six-goal outburst in the third period gave the Saint John Sea Dogs a 10-3 victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night at Harbour Station.
The game remained close until later portion of the third period when the Sea Dogs’ offence exploded for five goals in the final three minutes and 15 seconds.
Goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Matthew Highmore (two), Samuel Dove-McFalls, Nathan Noel, Cedric Pare, Landon Quinney, Samuel Leblanc, Bokondji Imama, Cole Reginato and Spencer Smallman. Alex Bishop picked up the win after coming in to relieve Alex D’Orio, stopping all 17 shots he faced.
Picking up goals for the Wildcats were Jonathan Aspirot, Jeremy McKenna and Kelly Klima. Keven Bouchard allowed all 10 goals on 47 shots.
To the notes …
- It was Halloween Night at Harbour Station.
- Moncton scored the game’s first goal when Aspirot’s shot from a bad angle found its way through the pads of D’Orio at 3:15 of opening period.
- The Sea Dogs would even things up on a power play at 6:00 when Dove-McFalls finished off a mad scramble in front of Wildcats’ starter Keven Bouchard.
- The Wildcats would regain their one-goal advantage when McKenna was sent in alone and put a nice deke on D’Orio at 9:36.
- The Sea Dogs would once again capitalize on a power play chance. This time around it was Nathan Noel who buried a chance high on Bouchard at 13:25, knotting the game at 2-2.
- Saint John would earn their first lead of the contest at 19:17 when Pare wristed a shot past Bouchard, putting the Dogs in front 3-2.
- Moncton would even things in the second period. After Adam Holwell got drilled, Kelly Klima picked up the loose puck and deked D’Orio at 4:36. That would end D’Orio’s night.
- Highmore would get the Sea Dogs back in front with another late period tally, tapping a Mathieu Joseph pass past Bouchard at 19:09 to give the Sea Dogs a 4-3 lead after two periods of play.
- Quinney netted his first QMJHL goal at 4:34 of the third period to make it 5-3 Sea Dogs after jamming a puck past Bouchard.
- Than at 16:45 of the third, everything fell apart for the Wildcats, beginning with Highmore, who picked up a loose puck and had a yawning cage to make it 6-3.
- Just eight seconds after Highmore’s goal (16:53) it was Leblanc’s turn, flipping a wrist shot over the glove of Bouchard to extend the lead to 7-3.
- The Sea Dogs just kept coming. At 17:06 it was the big man, Imama, going upstairs and making it 8-3 Sea Dogs.
- At 17:50 it was the captain’s turn as Smallman hammered home a one time shot.
- Reginato would cap things off for the Sea Dogs at 19:52 of the third period, making it 10-3 for the Sea Dogs.
- The Sea Dogs set a team record for fastest three goals, netting the markers just 21 seconds apart off the sticks of Highmore, Leblanc, and Imama.
- The fastest four goals record was also broken as the Sea Dogs managed to net four in 1:05. Reginato’s goal was his first as a member of the Sea Dogs.
- Luke Green and Chase Stewart were the only players to not record a point for the Dogs.
- Bailey Webster finished with a team best +6 rating on the night.
- The Sea Dogs outshot the Wildcats 23-6 in the first period.
- The so called fourth line of Reginato, Quinney, and Leblanc combined for three goals and four assists.
Dove-McFalls - Highmore - Joseph
Green - Noel - Smallman
Imama – Pare - Ward
Reginato - Quinney - Leblanc
Zboril - Stewart
Bernier - Green
Felixson - Webster
SCRATCHES: Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators), Joe Veleno, John Warren, Bryson Michel, Vincent Martineau, and Zach Grzelewski.
The Wildcats were very much in this game until Landon Quinney picked up the insurance marker for the Sea Dogs at 4:34 of the third. The game snowballed from that point on.
SN PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Some of the unsung heroes get their just reward in our three stars of the game: Landon Quinney Samuel Dove-McFalls Bailey Webster
TWEET OF THE GAME
NEXT GAMEWe are going to drive for an hour to hear @TimGRoszell recap all these goals @SJSeaDogs Nicely done Nicely Done #PortCityRise— Lisa (@NBMaritimes) October 29, 2016
Rivalry Week continues as the Sea Dogs travel to Moncton to take on the Wildcats on Sunday. Game time is 4 p.m.