Saturday, January 20, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 7-3

FINAL: Bathurst 7, Saint John 3
SAINT JOHN - It was another rough night for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan heavily outplayed the Sea Dogs for most of the evening, defeating Saint John 7-3. The loss was Saint John's seventh straight.

The matchup was lopsided to begin with, but with Saint John missing several of its key, veteran players due to injury, things were even rougher for the Sea Dogs.

Not helping things was the fact that Bathurst was awarded 11 power play opportunities, scoring on three of them. Saint John went 1/4 on the night.

The Titan outshot the Dogs 58-15 overall.

Bathurst had two goals from Jeffrey Truchon-Viel and singles from Olivier Galipeau, Noah Dobson, Samuel Asselin, Jordan Maher and Antoine Morand. Joseph Murdaca made 12 saves in the win.

Saint John goals came from Ben Reid, Alexis Girard and Yohan Plamondon. Alex D'Orio made 51 saves in the loss.

The Titan zone barely needed flooding after the first period as the puck was in the Sea Dogs' end for most of the frame. Bathurst applied a steady stream of offensive pressure in the opening period, outshooting Saint John 15-4. The Titan had three power play chances but could not connect on any.

Bathurst opened the scoring 3:46 into the second when Galipeau ripped a wrist shot past the blocker of D'Orio.

Saint John tied things at 1-1 with a power play marker at 8:34. The puck was swatted down into the crease area where Reid was able to get some wood on it and and get it past Murdaca.

The Titan quickly scored just 1:05 later when Truchon-Viel accepted a cross crease pass and beat a down D'Orio.

At 13:53, William Poirier was given a four-minute penalty - two minutes for interference and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. On the power play at 14:19, Dobson scored and then at 15:00, Asselin connected to make it 4-1 in favour of Bathurst.

In the final minute of the second, Maher scored at 19:09 and then Girard connected with eight seconds remaining, making it a 5-2 contest.

The third period began with a couple strange goals. On a power play at 2:20, there was scramble in the crease that caused a few players to fall down. Morand went over to the back boards and collected the loose puck, walked into the crease and slid it in to make it 6-2.

Saint John responded at 3:09. A misplay by the Titan defence caused the puck to come out in front where Plamondon found some space between Murdaca and the post, making it 6-3.

At 11:10, Truchon-Viel scored his second of the game, making it a 7-3 final.

The Sea Dogs were without goaltender Matthew Williams (injured); defenceman Tyler Smith (healthy); and forwards Cole Reginato (lower body - out indefinitely), Nick Deakin-Poot (upper body - missing the rest of the regular season), Matt Green (upper body) and Landon Quinney (upper body - out indefinitely).

The Sea Dogs recalled goaltender Stewart Bagnell with Williams injured.

It was You Can Play Night at Harbour Station. Brock McGillis took part in the ceremonial puck drop... Alex D'Orio suffered a minor upper body injury last weekend in Rimouski but was good to go on Friday... Radim Salda was hit by an Olivier Galipeau shot late in the first period. He skated off slowly with the help of Jeff Kelly but did return for the second period... Yohan Plamondon's goal was his first as a Sea Dog... Ostap Safin recorded just his second point since returning from the world juniors... Bathurst's 25 second period shots was the most by any QMJHL team in a second period this season... weird game.

The Sea Dogs host the Quebec Remparts tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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