ARMADA STUN SEA DOGS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
SAINT JOHN – Daniel Hardie scored the only goal for the Saint John Sea Dogs in an 8-1 loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Saturday at Harbour Station.
Alexander Katerinakis paced the Blainville-Boisbriand (4-1-0-0) attack with two goals and three assists while Jan Hladonik added a goal and two helpers. Ryan DaSilva, Anthony Poulin, Connor Bramwell, Thomas Ethier and Charles-Antoine Giguere also scored. The Armada have won three in a row.
Daniel Hardie replied for Saint John (3-4-1-0), which saw its three-game winning streak ended.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs were assessed two penalties on the same play four minutes into the game, putting the Armada on a two-minute, two-man advantage.
DaSilva opened the scoring about a minute later, slapping home a one-timer from the top of the right circle.
It became a 2-0 game 31 seconds later, on the ensuing 5-on-4 power play.
Hladonik fed a pass from the right side into the middle where Poulin redirected it beyond the glove of Saint John goalie Alex D’Orio.
Katerinakis, who entered the game without a point this season, extended the visitors’ lead with a shorthanded goal halfway through the period.
A turnover in the Sea Dogs’ zone saw the winger left alone in front of the net. Katerinakis took a feed from the left boards and snuck a quick shot past D’Orio.
Saint John earned a lengthy 5-on-3 chance of its own later in the period, but could not score.
The Armada continued their attack ninety seconds into the second.
D’Orio made two impressive saves off Luke Henman in the low slot, but Bramwell, parked off the left side of the crease, chipped a third opportunity past the sprawling netminder.
Three minutes later, off of a clean faceoff win, Katerinakis made it 5-0 with a shot from the top of the left circle that deflected over D’Orio and under the crossbar.
Matt Williams replaced D’Orio after the fifth goal.
Hladonik struck near the seven-minute mark when Katerinakis tried to barge out of the left corner to the front of the net and was hooked. The puck became loose for Hladonik, who rifled a quick wrister past Williams’ glove for his first QMJHL goal.
On another power play more than nine minutes into the frame, Hladonik blasted a one-timer from the right circle that went off Ethier and inside the right post.
Saint John’s only goal came with five-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third period.
Ostap Safin took a pass in the left corner and saw Hardie drifting into the slot. The Sea Dogs’ leading scorer fired a one-timer that beat goalie Emile Samson, who was making his QMJHL debut.
Giguere wrapped up the scoring with eleven seconds left after a DaSilva shot from the slot was deflected by the rookie winger past Williams for his first career goal.
Samson earned the win and third star honours with 27 saves. D’Orio and Williams combined to make 26 saves for Saint John.
Katerinakis’ five-point night made him first star while Hladonik’s goal and three points warranted a second-star selection in front of 3,662 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Saturday, October 14th, at 7 p.m. against the Moncton Wildcats at Harbour Station. It’s Pink in the Rink Night! Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.
Sea Dogs Season Tickets are available for purchase at the Harbour Station Box Office until Friday, October 13th. Click HERE for more information. Fans wishing to buy using a payment plan can do so at the Sea Dogs Administration Office on the pedway level of Harbour Station.
(Photo courtesy Dan Culberson/Saint John Sea Dogs)