Friday, November 4, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 6-5

FINAL: Saint John 5, Bathurst 6
Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

BATHURST - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped a high scoring affair 6-5 to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Friday night.

Picking up the goals for the Sea Dogs were Chase Stewart, Thomas Chabot, Matt Green, Bokondji Imama and Mathieu Joseph. Alex Bishop stopped 23 of the 29 shots he faced.

Goal scorers for the Titan were Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (three), Christophe Boivin, Luc Deschenes and Dawson Theede. Reilly Pickard managed to stop 32 of the 37 shots that came his way.

To the notes...
  • Stewart scored the first goal of the game, using a wrist shot that managed to find it’s way through a crowd and past Pickard at 14:43 of the opening period and making it 1-0 Sea Dogs.
  • Then it was Chabot making his presence felt at 15:56 when launched a blast from the point that beat Pickard to extend Saint John's lead to 2-0. 
  • Truchon-Viel picked up his first of the game at 18:20, whipping a shot past Bishop to close the gap to 2-1. 
  • Truchon-Viel struck again just 16 seconds later, knotting the game at 2-2. He would complete his hat trick at 3:36 of the second period to give the Titan their first lead of the contest. 
  • Matt Green tied the game at 3-3 at 1:06 of the final period when he redirected a shot past Pickard. 
  • The tie was short lived as Boivin beat Bishop just nine seconds after Green's goal, putting the Titan ahead 4-3. 
  • Imama managed to tie the game again at 4-4 at the 4:26 mark of the final frame, firing a puck past Pickard for his fifth of the season. 
  • Deschenes would once again get the lead back for the Titan at 6:36 of the third when his point blast found it’s way through a crowd in front of Bishop to make it 5-4 for the Titan.
  • The Sea Dogs had a late powerplay chance but it was former Dog Dawson Theede that busted through the defense and beat Bishop at 15:22, giving Bathurst its first two goal lead of the night, 6-4.
  • Joseph would get one back, firing a shot glove side on Pickard to make it 6-5 at 16:49 - but that’s as close as the Dogs would come. 
  • Chabot played in his first game since returning from the Ottawa Senators. He picked up a goal and two assists in his first game back. 
  • Stewart picked up his first career QMJHL goal.
  • Truchon-Viel scored a natural hat trick which took a total of 5:16 - between the first and second periods - to complete.
  • Spencer Smallman picked up an assist to give him 163 career points, tying him for ninth all-time with Steven Anthony.
Dove-McFalls - Highmore - Joseph
Imama - Noel - Smallman
M. Green - Pare - Ward
Reginato - Quinney - Leblanc

Chabot - Webster
Zboril - L. Green
Felixson - Stewart


Joe Veleno, John Warren, and Alexandre Bernier (injuries); Zach Grzelewski (healthy), Vincent Martineau and Bryson Michel. Michel took the warmup but did not play.

Former Sea Dog Dawson Theede continues his impressive play this season and it was his shorthanded marker that really put this one away for the Titan.

1. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel
2. Thomas Chabot
3. Samuel L’Italien

The Sea Dogs make their way back to Harbour Station for a Sunday matinee against the Charlottetown Islanders. Game time is 3 p.m.

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