Friday, January 12, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 5-1

FINAL: Saint John 1, Blainville-Boisbriand 5
BOISBRIAND, Que. - The St. John's Fog Devils Montreal Junior Blainville-Boisbriand Armada had little trouble with the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday night.

The Sea Dogs recorded just 12 shots on goal - tying a franchise recorded for fewest shots in one game - in a 5-1 loss to the Armada at the arena-with-a-really-long-name.

The result wasn't overly surprising as the Sea Dogs and Armada sit on opposite ends of the QMJHL standings. Plus, Team Canada forward Drake Batherson was making his Boisbriand debut, playing on a loaded top line withe Alex Barre-Boulet and Alexandre Alain.

Barre-Boulet, the league's leading scorer, had two goals on Friday while Maxime Collin netted a hat trick.

The Armada led 3-0 after one. After jumping out to a three-goal lead, Boisbriand seemed to take their foot off the pedal just a bit and didn't press as hard. The result was never really in question.

Nick Deakin-Poot scored Saint John's lone goal - a weird third period goal that was banked off Armada netminder Emile Samson and in.

Samson made 11 saves in the win while Alex D'Orio made 36 stops in the loss.

The Sea Dogs were without forwards Cole Reginato (lower body), Aiden MacIntosh (healthy), Matt Green (upper body); and defencemen Alexis Girard (lower body - minor) and Tyler Smith (healthy - took warmup).

According to Tim Roszell, Reginato is flying back to Saint John this evening for further evaluation.

Defenceman Tyler Hungerbuhler made his Sea Dogs and QMJHL debut... Drake Batherson had one assist in his Armada debut... there was a pre-game ceremony to honour Batherson and Armada head coach Joel Bouchard for winning gold at the world juniors... Saint John had just one power play - and it came in the final couple minutes of the third period... the Armada, who have the league's top power play, went 1/3 on the man advantage.

The Sea Dogs finish their road trip on Sunday afternoon in Rimouski.

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