The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies showed why they’re #1 in the QMJHL on Saturday night as they downed the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-1.
The Huskies opened the scoring at 1:07 on a goal from Patrik Hrehorcak with the assist coming from the league leader in assists, Peter Abbandonato. Mathieu Gagnon added another at 6:52 to put the Huskies up 2-0. Rouyn-Noranda led in shots, 19-6.
In the second period the Sea Dogs held their own to keep it close before succumbing to the Huskies power play at 13:07 when Alex Beaucage scored his first of three in the game. Saint John did have a flurry of chances midway through the second on a series of power plays at 1:51, 6:56 and 9:34 but couldn’t beat the undefeated Zachary Emond. A scrum resulted in Michael Campoli and Patrik Hrehorcak going off for roughing penalties at 18:10. The Huskies out shot the Sea Dogs 17-9 in the period.
The third period saw Alex Beaucage complete his hat trick with goals at 2:34 and 5:46 which prompted Mikhail Denisov’s night between the pipes to come to an end. Tommy DaSilva took over duties at 5:46. Despite the score board Denisov was excellent at times, finishing with 37 saves. At 8:46 rookie Charlie DesRoches snapped home his sixth of the season and third in as many games to ruin the shutout and make it 6-1 Huskies. Charlie is now tied for first in goals by rookie defencemen in the QMJHL. Josh Lawrence and William Dufour received roughing penalties at 16:54 after getting in each others face near centre ice. Peter Abbandonato added another at 17:04 for the final score of 7-1. Shots on goal in the third favoured the Huskies, 14-11.
Mikhail Denisov and Tommy DaSilva combined for 43 saves. Zachary Emond stayed perfect on the season, turning away 25.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Alex Beaucage
2 – Peter Abbandonato
3 – Zachary Emond
The Sea Dogs return to action at home on Wednesday, December 5th as they take on Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts at 7PM. Tickets available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online at www.harbourstation.ca