Saturday, December 2, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 7-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Drummondville 7
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs kept it close for much of the game, but the Drummondville Voltigeurs showed late why they are one of the QMJHL's top teams this year.

The Voltigeurs scored five third period goals in a 7-2 win over the Sea Dogs on Saturday night at the Marcel Dionne Centre. The game was Saint John's second match of a three-in-three road trip through Quebec that began with a 2-1 loss in Gatineau on Friday and ends on Sunday in Quebec City.

Drummondville captain Nicolas Guay scored a hat trick while singles came from Morgan Adams-Moisan, Robert Lynch, Cedric Desruisseaux and Nicolas Desgroseilliers. Other players with ridiculously long last names may or may not have scored as well. Nicolas Beaudin had three assists and Olivier Rodrigue made 22 saves in the win.

Ostap Safin and William Poirier scored for Saint John. Matt Williams made 32 saves in the loss.

For the second straight game, Safin opened the scoring. But two goals from Guay in the first would give Drummondville a 2-1 advantage after one.

After a scoreless second period, the Volts jumped out to a 4-1 lead early in the third. Poirier scored at 11:05 to get the Dogs back in it, but Drummondville put the pedal down in the final few minutes of the game, scoring three times. Saint John was outshot 18-4 in the third.

Saint John's penalty kill had a rough night, allowing three Drummondville power play goals on five chances. The Volts entered the game with the league's third worst man advantage.

The Volts improved to 19-8-1-1 with the win, moving them into a tie with the Rimouski Oceanic for first overall in the QMJHL.

The Sea Dogs were without goaltender Stewart Bagnell (healthy); defenceman Nathan Larose (healthy); and forwards Cole Reginato (suspension), Nick Deakin-Poot (upper body), Kevin Gursoy (healthy) and Matt Green (healthy).

Saint John went with 11 forwards and seven defencemen for the second straight game... call ups Brendan Sibley and Luke Wilson played again... Alex D'Orio returned to the Sea Dogs' lineup, backing up Matt Williams. You have to think D'Orio will start Sunday's game with Williams having played both Friday and Saturday... Williams started his seventh straight game... William Poirier and Anthony Boucher played against their former team for the first time... the attendance was only 1,625... the Sea Dogs host the Voltigeurs on Wednesday at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs' road trip comes to an end tomorrow in Quebec City. Game time is 4 p.m.

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