January 16, 2013,
MONCTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped their first game against the Moncton Wildcats 7-1 in a make-up contest in Wednesday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Matthew Highmore scored his first QMJHL goal for Saint John. Sebastien Auger started his 38th game of the season and stopped 35 of 42 before being replaced by Alex Fournier in the third. Fournier stopped all six shots he faced in relief as the Sea Dogs went to 18-25-0-0 in the loss.
Dmitri Jaskin had two goals and three assists, Ivan Barbashev had two goals and two helpers and newcomer Phillip Danault had a goal and three assists to power the Wildcats win. Jonathan Racine and Yannick Veilleux also scored for the Wildcats as Alex Dubeau made 23 saves on 24 shots. Moncton climbed to 26-16-1-0.
Racine kicked off the scoring early with his sixth of the year. The power play marker came at 2:23 of the first.
The strong Moncton power play continued as newly-acquired Danault scored his first goal as a Wildcat at 13:21.
Highmore made some personal history in Moncton with his first career Quebec league goal. The 16-year-old forward beat Dubeau at 16:08 to make it 2-1 with a low shot. Marcus Cuomo found Highmore open for the only assist on the play.
The elation was short-lived as Barbashev potted one at 16:29 to extend the Cats lead back to two.
Auger got a workout to start, facing 21 shots in the first. The Sea Dogs returned 11.
Jaskin beat Auger as the Wildcats continued to pour on the offensive pressure. The goal came at 4:34 of the second.
Barbashev beat Auger for his second of the night at 7:23 and make it 5-1 Moncton.
Auger stood tall with two fantastic back-to-back left-pad saves just passed the eight-minute mark.
Just following the stellar streak by Auger, Jaskin over-powered Olivier LeBlanc and extended the Moncton lead at 12:08.
The Czech forward completed the hat-trick with 4:16 remaining in the second period, taking advantage of the extra man.
Moncton held the advantage in shots 20-5 in the second.
Alex Fournier started the third period between the pipes for Saint John, replacing a tired Auger after facing 41 shots in just two periods.
Despite a couple of power play chances for the Sea Dogs, the final score would be 7-1 with no scoring in the third.
Saint John returns to Harbour Station this weekend for a double header against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, in first on Saturday night, and the Wildcats come to town for a contest Sunday afternoon. Tickets for both games can be found at the Harbour Station box office, online at tickets.harbourstation.ca or by calling 657-1234.