VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Playing their first game of a three-in-three road trip, the Saint John Sea Dogs did not disappoint, defeating the Victoriaville Tigres 7-3 on Friday at Colisee Desjardins.
The goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Julien Gauthier (two), Chase Stewart, Matthew Highmore, Mathieu Joseph, Bokondji Imama and Oliver Felixson. Callum Booth picked up the win for the Dogs, stopping 21 shots, including a couple breakaway opportunities in the early going.
Replying for the Tigres were Bradley Lalonde, Alexandre Goulet and Lucas Thierus. Taking the loss was James Povall, making 16 saves on 20 shots before being replaced by Tristan Cote-Cazenave, who stopped 14 of 17 shots in relief.
To the notes…
- Stewart would open the scoring at 5:45 of the first period, taking a feed from Jakub Zboril and hammering a one time shot past Povall to make it 1-0 Sea Dogs.
- The Dogs would add to their lead at 10:05. Highmore’s initial shot was blocked but he threw another hard wrist shot on goal that got by Povall, making it 2-0 Saint John.
- The Tigres would get on the board in the second period with a power play marker from Lalonde at 3:39.
- Saint John would get the goal back though at 6:35 with a five-on-three goal as Joseph jumped on a loose rebound and put it past Povall.
- The ensuing five-on-four power play would lead to another Sea Dogs goal. Imama eneded Povall's night by firing a shot past the Tigres netminder at 7:50.
- Goulet would capitalize on a man advantage chance for the Tigres at 14:12 with another one time goal, beating Booth and closing the gap to 4-2 Sea Dogs.
- Saint John extended their lead when Gauthier was able to knife a Chabot pass up and over Cote-Cazenave at 7:42 of the third, making it 5-2.
- Thierus would close the gap once again as the Tigres finished off a two-on-one play down low, making it 5-3 Sea Dogs at 13:00.
- The Sea Dogs would put the game away though at 15:40 when Gauthier finished off a nice feed from Samuel Dove-McFalls, making it 6-3.
- Rounding out the scoring was Felixson who picked the corner for his second goal of the season at 17:50. That made it a 7-3 Sea Dogs final.
- Spencer Smallman record his 200th career QMJHL point.
- Gauthier recorded his 100th career QMJHL goal.
- Highmore’s goal moved him into a fifth-place tie with Zack Phillips for franchise goal scoring. They each have 84 goals as members of the Sea Dogs.
- Joseph moved into a third-place tie with Tomas Jurco for franchise goal scoring. They each have 87.
- Thomas Chabot moved into sole possession of second in franchise defencemen scoring, now sitting at 137 career points. Nathan Beaulieu holds the record with 152 points.
- Prior to the game, the Tigres retired the No. 91 jersey that belonged to former No. 1 overall NHL pick Alexandre Daigle.
- Nathan Noel was suspended for one-game due to a butt end that was detected in the game against the Charlottetown Islanders.
SCRATCHESHere is tonight's lineup for your #SJSeaDogs vs. @TigresVicto brought to you by @CanterDental #PortCityRise pic.twitter.com/uXWTd3WjhR— Saint John Sea Dogs (@SJSeaDogs) February 17, 2017
The Sea Dogs were without Nathan Noel (suspension), Landon Quinney (upper body), John Warren (upper body) and Alexandre Bernier.
The Sea Dogs were awarded a five-on-three power play chance with a 2-1 lead in the second period. They would score on both the two-man and subsequent one-man advantage to open up a 4-1 lead on the Tigres.
SN PLAYERS OF THE GAME
1. Julien Gauthier
2. Spencer Smallman
3. Mathieu Joseph
TWEET OF THE GAME
The Tigres retired Alexandre Daigle’s No. 91 prior to the game.
NEXT GAMEAlexandre Daigle jersey retirement ceremony prior to @SJSeaDogs vs. @TigresVicto pic.twitter.com/sBFf0lja83— Tim Roszell (@TimGRoszell) February 18, 2017
The Sea Dogs are back at it tomorrow in Chicoutimi when they face the Sagueneens. Note the 5 p.m. start time.