Tuesday, February 14, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 2-1

FINAL: Saint John 2, Charlottetown 1
CHARLOTTETOWN - In an intense and entertaining game of hockey on Tuesday night at Eastlink Centre, the Saint John Sea Dogs came away with a 2-1 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders.

Nathan Noel scored what proved to be the game-winner 53 seconds into the third period. Thomas Chabot scored Saint John's other goal while Callum Booth was fantastic in net, making 28 saves in the win.

The Sea Dogs kept Charlottetown's powerful offence to just one goal - which was scored by defenceman Tyler MacArthur. Mark Grametbauer also had a strong game in net, making 22 saves in the loss.

It was a solid road performance by the Sea Dogs and earned them some redemption after a rough 3-0 home loss to Shawinigan on Saturday. The win also gives Saint John a three-point lead over the Islanders in the standings with a game still in-hand.

To the notes...
  • On the first shift of the game, Dillon Boucher levelled Oliver Felixson by the end boards.
  • Both teams hits posts in the first couple minutes of the game. Julien Gauthier hit iron for Saint John.
  • The Islanders opened up the scoring at 8:59. MacArthur grabbed the loose puck just below the blue line and created some space before wiring a wrist shot past Booth.
  • After failing to score on a 42 second five-on-three power play, Chabot tied the game during the five-on-four. At 11:28, the puck made its way to the blue line where Chabot fired a bomb past Grametbauer to make it 1-1.
  • Shots were 9-9 in a fast pace and entertaining opening period.
  • Midway through the second, Guillaume Brisebois cranked a shot past Booth but hit the crossbar.
  • With around 6:45 remaining in the first, Booth made a huge cross crease save off Sprong to keep the game tied.
  • Just 53 seconds into the third period, Noel made some nice moves through the slot area before backhanding a shot past Grametbauer, giving Saint John their first lead of the night.
  • Charlottetown had a power play late in the game and, after failing to score on the man advantage, pulled Grametbauer; however, they could not beat Booth to net the equalizer.
  • The Sea Dogs juggled their lines for this game after being shutout on Saturday. Bokondji Imama moved up to the team's first line with Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph while Gauthier moved to the second line to play with Spencer Smallman and Noel.
  • Smallman and Chabot returned from suspensions.
  • Chabot's goal was his first since Dec. 4.
  • With an assist on Chabot's goal, Gauthier now has 200 career QMJHL points.
  • Noel's goal ended a five-game pointless streak.
  • The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Charlottetown.
  • Joseph now has points in 18 straight road games.
  • Saint John and Charlottetown have two regular season meetings remaining.

The Sea Dogs were without John Warren (upper body), Landon Quinney (upper body), Samuel Leblanc (healthy), Alexandre Bernier (healthy) and David Comeau (healthy).

Callaum Booth's many huge and timely saves.

1. Callum Booth - solid
2. Mark Grametbauer - solid
3. Thomas Chabot - guy took a beating in this game

That save though.
The Sea Dogs begin their final Quebec road trip of the regular season on Friday in Victoriaville.

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