February 24, 2013,
SAINT JOHN – Sebastien Auger did as much as he could to keep the Saint John Sea Dogs in the game, but the Drummondville Volitgeurs took home a 1-0 decision over the Sea Dogs. The biggest crowd of the season of 5,861 took in Sunday afternoon’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at Harbour Station.
Auger stopped 44 of 45 shots in the close contest. The Sea Dogs fell to 21-37-1-0 on the year.
Jérôme Verrier scored the only goal of the game in Drummondville’s win. Rookie netminder Louis-Philip Guindon stopped all 26 shots for the shutout as the Volts climbed to 32-23-2-2.
Olivier LeBlanc helped to set the physical tone with a big hip-check in the neutral zone, sending the Voltigeurs player sailing head over heels early in the first.
The Sea Dogs had a great penalty killing effort, nullifying all three extra-man opportunities in the period.
Shots in the first favoured the Volts 14-9.
It was an energetic second period that saw no scoring, thanks to the play of both netminders. Auger and Guindon stood very tall in the nets. Auger had a great glove save on the penalty kill to keep things even.
The second saw a closer shot total of 10-9 in favour of the hometown boys.
With just over 13 minutes remaining in he game, Drummondville found themselves with a man-advantage. With the penalty half over, a flurry of chances for the Voltigeurs saw Auger flying from one side of the net to the other with Maxime Villemaire diving over to help make the save and keep the game scoreless.
With five minutes to go, Villemaire picked up the puck and found Noah Zilbert open behind the red line to the right of the goal. Zilbert fed an open Stephen Anderson out front who snapped a quick shot, but Guindon stood tall to make the arm save.
It was a game-saver by Guindon because at 16:34 with the their sixth man-advantage of the night, Verrier beat Auger for the game’s only goal and the win for Drummondville.
Saint John gets right back at it this week, hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for a Wednesday night contest and all upper-bowl tickets are just $8.00. In support of P.R.O. Kids, donations of Canadian Tire money will be collected at the front doors of Wednesday’s game as well. Tickets for the contest are available by calling 657-1234, visiting the Harbour Station box office or by heading to tickets.harbourstation.ca.