Sunday, December 3, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 3-2 (SO)

FINAL: Saint John 3, Quebec 2 (SO)
QUEBEC CITY, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs ended their road trip on a winning note on Sunday.

Anthony Boucher scored the only goal of the shootout in a 3-2 Sea Dogs victory over the Quebec Remparts at Videotron Centre. This was the final game a three-in-three Quebec road swing for the Sea Dogs, who dropped their previous two games.

Saint John can hopefully build off this win moving forward. The Dogs played a solid road game in an intimidating building. The team blew a 2-0 lead but managed to keep things even and win the match in a shootout.

Alex D'Orio returned to action and was named first star, making 34 saves in the win. He made a few spectacular saves, particularly with his glove hand. He did not allow a goal in the shootout.

Kevin Gursoy and Robbie Burt scored for Saint John.

Quebec goals came from Tomas Dajcar and Philipp Kurashev. Olivier Chalifour allowed two goals on three shot before getting pulled. Dereck Baribeau made 33 stops the rest of the way.

Saint John got off to a great start with Gursoy scoring just 2:32 in. Then just 1:13 later, Burt scored on a weak backhand shot to give Saint John a 2-0 advantage. That would end Chalifour's day in net.

Quebec got on the board at 15:24 when Dajcar beat a stretched out D'Orio upstairs, cutting Saint John's lead to 2-1.

The Remparts tied things up at 2-2 at 16:19 of the second. Olivier Mathieu carried the puck into the zone and sent a short feed to Kurashev in the slot who ripped the puck past D'Orio.

Quebec was awarded some power play time to kick off the third, but were unable to score. In overtime, the Dogs had a flurry of chances but could not connect.

Boucher shot first in the shootout and beat Baribeau glove side. That would end up being the lone goal of the shootout.

The Sea Dogs were without goaltender Stewart Bagnell (healthy); defenceman Brendan Sibley (healthy); and forwards Cole Reginato (suspension), Nick Deakin-Poot (upper body), Luke Wilson (healthy) and Daniel Hardie (healthy).

Hardie was apparently scratched because he had been given misconducts in back-to-back games.

Alex D'Orio appeared in his first game since Nov. 10... all three of Saint John's recent call ups - Brendan Sibley, Luke Wilson and Stewart Bagnell - were healthy scratches... Saint John went with 11 forwards and seven defencemen once again...these two teams meet again on Jan. 20 at Harbour Station... Cole Reginato served the final game of his suspension... Matthew Boucher, who is one of the league's top scorers, was questionable for this game after getting hurt on Saturday. He did play, though... it was Teddy Bear Toss day in Quebec... Olivier Chalifour made his first appearance in net since Nov. 5. He did not last long... three of Robbie Burt's four goals this season have come on the road... Joe Veleno has points in seven straight road games... Anthony Boucher scored Saint John's first shootout goal of the season. This was the team's third shootout...

The Sea Dogs take on the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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