GRAMETBAUER, TITAN SHUT DOOR ON SEA DOGS
A season high 42 shots from the Saint John Sea Dogs wasn’t enough as they were downed by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-1 on Wednesday night. The Titan improve to 5-18-0-1 while Saint John now sits at 2-18-2-1 on the season.
The first period opened with dominant play from the Sea Dogs. Action stayed in the Acadie-Bathurst zone with sustained pressure coming from all Sea Dogs lines. The game stabilized in Acadie-Bathurst’s favor when Yohan Plamondon was called for interference at 5:29. The Titan were held to one shot with the man advantage. Shortly after the power play ended an untimely giveaway at the blue line gave Charles-Andre Cyphiot a clear path to the net and he buried it to give the Titan the 1-0 lead at 11:22. Saint John then had two cracks at the power play but Grametbauer made some timely saves for Acadie-Bathurst and Saint John was unable to convert. Sea Dogs out shot the Titan 11-5 in the period.
The second period saw Saint John continue to unleash shots on Mark Grametbauer. Liam Léonard opened the scoring in the second when he tipped a blast from the point that beat D’Orio top corner at 10:45. The Sea Dogs responded when Nicholas Deakin-Poot batted in his 3rd of the season from in front of the net to bring Saint John back within one. William Champagne was called for a hooking penalty at 14:28 but Saint John was unable to convert on any of their three shots during the power play. With time winding down in the period New York Islanders prospect Noah Dobson scored his 8th of the season when he tucked in a rebound past a sprawling Alex D’Orio. Shots on goal favored the Sea Dogs 18-11 in the period.
At 2:03 of the third a Titan goal was overturned for offside after a lengthy review – turning the clock back to 1:22. Tyler Higgins and Liam Leonard dropped the gloves at 6:55 after Leonard laid a nasty hit in the corner on Brendan Sibley. Leonard and Higgins received 5 minute fighting majors each with Higgins receiving an additional two minutes for instigating. On the ensuing Titan power play a scrum broke out and roughing penalties were handed out to Rafuse and MacKinnon of the Titan and William Villeneuve of the Sea Dogs. During 4-on-4 play the Titan added another when LeCouffe snapped a shot top corner at 8:51. The Titan returned to the power play at 13:28 when Villeneuve was called for delay of game for lifting the puck over the glass. 1:50 later Nicholas Deakin-Poot was called for high sticking giving the Titan a brief 5-on-3. The penalties continued after another scrum broke out behind the Sea Dogs net. Rafuse, Crossman, Plamondon and Campoli were all called for minor roughing penalties with Crossman and Plamondon receiving additional 10 minute misconducts. Your final score in Saint John, 4-1 for the Titan. Shots on goal in the period were 12-10 in favor of Saint John.
Alex D’Orio made 21 stops for Saint John while Mark Grametbauer turned aside 41 for the win.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Mark Grametbauer
2 – Liam Leonard
3 – Noah Dobson
The Sea Dogs return to action on Friday night when they host former Sea Dogs Captain Joe Veleno and the Drummondville Voltigeurs at 7PM at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online at www.harbourstation.ca