February 15, 2013,
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs upset the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 4-2 in front of 4,056 fans at Harbour Station in Friday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Jakub Izacky, Noah Zilbert, Connor Donaghey and Maxime Villemaire all scored for Saint John as Sebastien Auger stopped XX of XX. Justin Dickinson assisted on Donaghey’s goal to grab his first QMJHL point as the Sea Dogs climbed to 21-33-1-0.
Yannick Veilleux and Alex Saulnier responded for the Wildcats as Cole Holowenko stopped 8 of 11 playing 23:03. Alex Dubeau came on in relief and stopped 12 of 13 as Moncton dropped their fifth game against Saint John and fell to 34-19-1-0.
Justin Dickinson made sure he was on the scoresheet early, setting the tone with a long and very spirited tilt against Kyle Haas. Both fighters threw haymakers left and right, with the slight edge going to Dickinson for the takedown.
On a funny play with the Sea Dogs up by two men, the Sea Dogs scored twice, but only got one goal. Izacky first took a pass from Jurij Repe and wired a shot that went in off the back post and right back out at 5:01. Repe than fired a blast from the point that also beat Holowenko and stopped the clock seven seconds later.
After a lengthy review, the initial goal by Izacky was counted as the official opening goal to make it 1-0 Sea Dogs. Assists go to Repe and Stephen Anderson.
Less than two minutes later, Veilleux beat Auger to tie things up at 6:43. Alex and Allain Saulnier grabbed the assists.
Zilbert came in 1-on-1 and wired a wrister from the top of the left-wing faceoff circle through the defender’s legs fooling Holowenko high-glove side. His 8th of the year came at 10:12 of the first.
Shots in the fist were 17-10 in favour of Moncton, but the score was 2-1 Saint John.
Just 3:03 into the second period, Donaghey took a drop pass from Marcus Cuomo and put a shot on net that trickled past Holowenko for his 2nd of the year, forcing the goaltender from the net.
Villemaire continued the Sea Dogs early onslaught with his 6th of the year at 11:31, beating an out-of-position Dubeau with a slick move in front of the net.
Moncton outshot the Sea Dogs again in the second by a 15-8 margin.
Moncton scored the lone goal in the third as Saulnier finally put one past Auger at 15:28 with the man-advantage.
The Sea Dogs earned four more points in the Rivalry Cup standings, keeping them on top. Saint John heads out on the road tomorrow to take on the PEI Rocket. Fans can catch the action by tuning into the QMJHL Webcast or listening to Tim Roszell on News 88.9 FM.