The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Charlottetown Islanders on Saturday at Harbour Station by a score of 7-0, their first loss of the 2018 pre-season.
The Islanders opened the scoring at 2:25 of the first period when Cole Edwards snuck a wrist shot by Sea Dogs net minder Tommy Da Silva. Charlottetown added two more before the end of the first on markers from Liam Peyton and former Sea Dog Daniel Hardie to make it 3-0 Islanders. Shots on goal in the frame were 13-5 in favor of the Isles.
Scoring for Charlottetown continued in the second period with back to back power play goals from Brett Budgell and Drew Johnston. Maxim Cajkovic was buzzing for the Sea Dogs in the period and had numerous chances including clanging a wrister off the post, he finished with a team high five shots on goal. Charlottetown made it 6-0 just before the end of the period on a Lukas Cormier goal. Cormier a native of Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick was drafted to the Islanders 4th overall at this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft.
Saint John had multiple chances on the power play in the third period but couldn’t solve Islanders net minder Dakota Lund-Cornish who finished the game with 27 saves in the shutout performance. Tommy Da Silva turned away 25 shots in the Sea Dogs loss. Da Silva had allowed only one goal in three pre-season appearances leading into today’s game. Sea Dogs out shot the Islanders in the third period 12-7.
The Sea Dogs now sit at 4-1-0-0 in pre-season action. Their next game will be at home on Thursday, September 13th vs. Moncton at Harbour Station. Tickets are on sale now at the Harbour Station Box Office and online via www.harbourstation.ca