QUEBEC CITY – Alex D’Orio made 34 saves and three more in the shootout to lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-2 victory over the Quebec Remparts, Sunday at Centre Videotron.
D’Orio was making his first start since November 10th after missing six games due to injury. His return to the lineup coincided with Quebec’s Teddy Bear Toss game.
Forward Anthony Boucher was the only shooter to find the net in the penalty shot contest.
Kevin Gursoy and Robbie Burt scored in regulation for Saint John (8-16-4-2), which snapped a two-game losing skid.
Tomas Dajcar and Philipp Kurashev responded for Quebec (18-9-2-2), which lost its second straight game.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs got their offence going two-and-a-half minutes into the game.
Joe Veleno fed a pass from behind the net to Gursoy, who had just jumped onto the ice and entered the Remparts’ zone. The rookie winger carried the puck into the right circle and snapped a wrister through the legs of goalie Olivier Chalifour to give Saint John an early lead.
Burt doubled the advantage just over a minute later.
The Guelph-native drove down the left wing and shoveled a backhand shot toward the net that snuck inside the right post, past Chalifour’s blocker.
Chalifour allowed two goals on three shots in nearly four minutes of action. He was replaced by Dereck Baribeau in the Quebec goal.
Dajcar sent teddy bears flying with under five minutes to go in the first period.
The rookie from the Czech Republic was the third man on a 3-on-2. He took a pass on the left side of the slot and beat D’Orio with a shot over his glove to cut the Sea Dogs’ lead to 2-1.
The home team tied the game with the only goal of the second period.
It came with fewer than four minutes remaining, following a turnover at the Quebec blueline.
Former Sea Dog forward Olivier Mathieu raced down the left wing and stopped in the slot, dropping a pass to Kurashev, who ripped a heavy wrist shot past D’Orio’s glove.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Overtime produced several quality scoring chances for both teams.
Saint John’s Alexis Girard took a pass in front of the goal and attempted a deke, but was denied by Baribeau.
Remparts’ captain Matthew Boucher charged down the left wing on a 2-on-1 and opted to shoot, forcing D’Orio to make an impressive glove stop.
Anthony Boucher was the first shooter in the shootout.
The 19-year-old, from nearby Levis, Quebec, brought the puck in on the right side and whistled a wrist shot past Baribeau’s glove.
D’Orio denied all three Quebec shooters, ending the game with a glove stop off Kurashev.
D’Orio was named first star while Baribeau took second star with 33 saves – and two more in the shootout – in more than 61 minutes of relief action. Anthony Boucher’s shootout winner made him third star in front of 8,285 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next game is Wednesday, December 6th, at 7 p.m. against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online. Buy before the day of the game and SAVE!