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NO QUIT AS DOGS FORCE SHOOTOUT WITH LATE COMEBACK

The Saint John Sea Dogs secured a point on Sunday in Charlottetown after a late three goal comeback by Saint John sent the game to a shootout, where they were defeated by the Islanders for a final score of 6-5. Alex D’Orio was sensational in net stopping 43, while Robbie Burt added two goals and an assist.  Saint John is now 2-6-2-1 while Charlottetown improves to 5-5-1-0.

The Islanders got on the board first when Hunter Drew flipped a back hand shot on the rush over Alex D’Orio at 6:29. Saint John went to the power play at 10:01 when P.O Joseph was called for cross-checking. Islanders net minder Matthew Welsh was caught out of position after Josh Lawrence circled around the net with speed and centered the puck to Robbie Burt who buried it for his second of the season, tying the game at one. Charlottetown regained the lead at 16:42 when Liam Peyton banged in a Derek Gentile rebound. Shots in the period were 15-13 Charlottetown.

The second period saw sustained pressure from the Islanders. Carson Gallant was called for slashing at 12:44 sending the Islanders on the power play. Saint John did a good job on the penalty kill with some added help from Alex D’Orio who continues to impress. Just after returning to even strength former Sea Dog Kevin Gursoy corralled the puck and brought it down the left side and was able to bank it off a leg in front to slip it past D’Orio and increase the lead to two. Charlottetown added a power play goal late in the second when a blast from the point bounced off the boards giving Derek Gentile an open net to put the Islanders up 4-1. Shots on goal for the period were 21-4 for Charlottetown.

The third opened with a massive momentum shift for Saint John. Maxim Cajkovic sprang Josh Lawrence with a long stretch pass and Lawrence made no mistake sniping it home at 1:06 to cut the lead to two. Just 21 seconds later Yohan Plamondon rushed in over the blue line getting a low shot off that Matthew Welsh was unable to handle and Robbie Burt was ready on the doorstep to knock in his second of game and bring the Sea Dogs within one. Charlottetown extended the lead back to two at 13:07 when Gentile centered the puck to Budgell from behind the net who fed Alexandrov on the opposite side who was able to complete the tic-tac-toe putting the Islanders up 5-3.  Saint John didn’t quit though as they returned to the power play on a Daniel Hardie tripping call at 13:57. At 14:18 Charlie DesRoches roofed a beauty past Matthew Welsh from the right face-off dot to put Saint John within one.  Under two minutes later Sea Dogs rookie defenseman William Villeneuve let a blast go from the point and William Poirier knocked in the second chance to tie the game, 5-5.  Shots on goal for the period were 10-6 Charlottetown.

Overtime was all Sea Dogs after Lukas Cormier was called for slashing at 2:12. Josh Lawrence had defenders fooled on a wraparound but Welsh made a sprawling save to keep the game alive and send it to a shootout. In the shootout Daniel Hardie had the lone goal as the second shooter to give Charlottetown the win 6-5.

Alex D’Orio made 43 stops for Saint John, while Matthew Welsh turned aside 18 for Charlottetown.

3 Stars
1st – Derek Gentile
2nd – Daniel Hardie
3rd – Alex D’Orio

The Saint John Sea Dogs return to action at home on Saturday, October 20th for their annual Pink in the Rink game as they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7PM. Saint John will wear pink jerseys in support of breast cancer research. The jerseys will be raffled off in the 3rd period of Saturday’s game. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the concourse in behind Section B.

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