The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Charlottetown Islanders for the first time this season by a score of 6-4. Saint John improves to 5-25-2-1 while Charlottetown drops to 20-9-2-1.
Charlottetown opened the scoring when Nikita Alexandrov tucked a rebound between the post and Alex D’Orio at 9:44. Just over three minutes later the Sea Dogs had a goal over turned after Nicholas Deakin-Poot batted in a Maxim Cajkovic point shot but after review was called for a high stick. Seconds later Derek Gentile scored after the puck took an odd bounce off the boards during a dump in and Gentile slipped a tight angle shot inside the post to put the Islanders up by two. It quickly became apparent that these two teams don’t much care for each other after Robbie Burt and Jacob Arsenault dropped the gloves for a spirited affair – the two received five minute fighting majors. Charlottetown outshot Saint John 14-12 in the period.
Saint John came out with heavy pressure in the second and took advantage of their power play opportunities. Maxim Cajkovic opened the scoring in the second period with a power play blast that went off a body in front beating Dakota Lund-Cornish. William Poirier then added his sixth of the season when he tapped in a rebound to tie the game at two. Former Sea Dog Daniel Hardie gave the Islanders back the lead at 19:18 when he tipped a blast from the point high and over Alex D’Orio’s glove. Shots in the period favored Saint John 14-3.
Robbie Burt added his 12th of the year on a tight angle shot from down low to tie the game on the power play at 5:00 of the third. The Islanders’ Kevin Gursoy replied with his own power play goal at 7:07 to give Charlottetown the lead 4-3 with 13 minutes to go. From then on it was all Sea Dogs. Yohan Plamondon chipped the puck ahead to a streaking Maxim Cajkovic who sniped home his second of the game and eighth of the season at 8:54. Nicholas Deakin-Poot then added what proved to be the game winner at 14:37 off a slick no look behind the back pass from William Villeneuve. William Poirier added his second of the game, an empty netter at 19:51 to seal the game for the Sea Dogs, 6-4. Shots in the third favored Charlottetown 21-11.
Alex D’Orio was sensational in the win stopping 34 pucks. Dakota Lund Cornish had 31 saves in the loss.
Maxim Cajkovic finished with two goals while fellow rookies Brady Burns and Charlie DesRoches combined for 5 assists on the night.
Full stats are available here.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Maxim Cajkovic
2 – Brady Burns
3 – Charlie DesRoches
The Sea Dogs return to action tomorrow night for their last game before the Christmas break as they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7PM.