SAINT JOHN – In their return to the friendly confines of Harbour Station, the Saint John Sea Dogs extended their winning streak to nine games, defeating the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-1.
Goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Simon Bourque, David Comeau, Spencer Smallman and Joe Veleno. Alex D’Orio was solid when called upon, stopping 18 shots.
Answering for the Voltigeurs was Andrew Shewfelt. Goaltender Olivier Rodrigue was outstanding in the loss, making 40 saves.
To the notes…
- The Voltigeurs would get on the board first at 1:39 of the opening frame when Shewfelt put a wrist shot on goal that found its way past D’Orio.
- Saint John returned the favour just 40 seconds later when Bourque fired a wrist shot past Rodrigue to tie the game at 1-1.
- Comeau gave the Sea Dogs their first lead of the night at 10:12, putting a wrist shot over the blocker of Rodrigue.
- Smallman picked up his 20th goal of the campaign at 2:16 of the second period, hammering home a one time shot from his office in the faceoff circle. That gave the Sea Dogs a 3-1 lead.
- Veleno, who wowed the crowd on a few occasions, rounded out the scoring when he tipped a shot past a screened Rodrigue at 10:49 of the third period.
- Both the Sea Dogs and Voltigeurs scored on their first shots of the game.
- Mathieu Joseph extended his point streak to 28 games, assisting on Comeau's goal.
- Assistant coach Jeff Cowan got hit in the face with a puck in the second period. He left for a short time but did return.
- Bourque has a seven game point streak going, picking up four goals and eight assists during the span.
- Smallman and Nathan Hudgin had a spirited tilt with both players losing their helmets. They were also given game misconducts for a staged fight.
- Drummondville has now lost seven straight games.
The Sea Dogs were without Thomas Chabot (suspension), Cedric Pare, Landon Quinney (upper body), Oliver Felixson and John Warren (upper body).
Simon Bourque tying the game just 40 seconds after the Volts had opened the scoring. The Sea Dogs took over from there.
SN PLAYERS OF THE GAME
1. Simon Bourque
2. Jakub Zboril
3. Julien Gauthier
TWEET OF THE GAME
The Sea Dogs are back at it tomorrow night at Harbour Station for a contest that will feature two of the league’s best teams. Game time for the Sea Dogs-Cataractes showdown is 7 p.m.