D’ORIO, SEA DOGS END SEVEN-GAME SKID WITH VICTORY OVER REMPARTS
SAINT JOHN – Alex D’Orio made 44 saves and Anthony Boucher scored twice as the Saint John Sea Dogs snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Quebec Remparts, Saturday at Harbour Station.
Ostap Safin and Robbie Burt also scored for Saint John (12-25-6-2). Radim Salda added three assists while Cedric Pare chipped in with two helpers.
Pascal Laberge had the only goal for Quebec (25-17-3-2), which saw its two-game win streak come to an end.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Remparts enjoyed the only three power plays of the opening period and scored on their third opportunity, which came in the final minute.
Philipp Kurashev gained the Sea Dogs’ zone on the left wing and whipped a pass across the ice to Laberge. The Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect whistled a heavy wrist shot over the blocker of D’Orio.
Saint John tied the game four-and-a-half minutes into the second.
After William Poirier gained the Quebec blueline on the left wing, Salda grabbed the puck and sent a pass across to Boucher in the right circle. The 19-year-old forward snapped a quick wrister past the blocker of a of sprawling Dereck Baribeau in the Remparts’ goal.
The Sea Dogs took the lead on the power play nearly five minutes later.
Salda fed a pass from the middle of the blueline to Pare on the left wing. He saw Safin in the right circle, and the Edmonton Oilers’ prospect whistled a wrist shot past Baribeau.
Boucher struck again 45 seconds later.
A Quebec defender stumbled inside the blueline, creating a 3-on-1 for Saint John. Pare threw a pass from the left side to Boucher on the right side of the slot for a snap shot that got past Baribeau’s blocker.
Saint John scored the only goal in the third period, a shorthanded marker with seven-and-a-half minutes to go.
Burt and Safin combined to knock a Remparts’ defenceman off the puck in the neutral zone, and Burt raced in alone. The 18-year-old forward deked to his right and lifted the puck past Baribeau’s blocker to make it a 4-1 game.
D’Orio turned aside twenty shots in the third period alone. His 44-save performance made him first star. Baribeau took the loss with 22 stops.
Boucher was named second star with two goals while Salda snared third star with three assists in front of 4,799 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Friday, February 2nd, at 7 p.m. against the Charlottetown Islanders at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.