Filip Prikryl scored the overtime winner as the Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-3 on Friday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. Saint John improves to 10-29-2-1 and moves to one point back of Shawinigan for the final playoff spot. Acadie-Bathurst drops to 7-32-1-1 and are now seven points back of Saint John.
The Titan opened the scoring on the power play on a goal from Jesse Sutton at 5:56 after Campoli was called for hooking at 4:06, Saint John’s only penalty on the night.
Saint John would fire back with three straight goals. Benjamin Gagné connected for his eighth of the season, his second as a Sea Dog, at 6:58 to tie the game.
William Poirier notched his ninth of the season to give the Sea Dogs the lead at 16:11. Villeneuve and Deakin-Poot added assists on the play. Deakin-Poot now has thirteen points on the season, more than double his total from last year.
James White scored his sixth of the year 42 seconds later. White netted a hat-trick the last time Saint John visited the Titan in December. Josh Lawrence and Robbie Burt were awarded assists on the goal. Burt now has seven points in January.
Before the end of the first, Liam Leonard would beat Zachary Bouthillier short side at 18:35 to bring the Titan within one.
The second period saw a stalemate between both sides with Saint John controlling the pace. They lead shots on goal 11-5 in the period, but Grametbauer kept the Titan close.
In the third, Mathieu Desgagnes played the hero for Acadie-Bathurst potting the game tying goal at 7:32.
Saint John managed only three shots in the third, but Bouthillier kept them in the game as regulation expired.
In overtime, Filip Prikryl broke through all three Titan and slid a backhand shot past Grametbauer at 2:37 to seal the game and give the Sea Dogs their third straight road win, 4-3.
Bouthillier made 18 saves for his second win as a Sea Dog. Grametbauer stopped 28 in the loss.
1 – Liam Leonard
2 – Mathieu Desgagnes
3 – Jesse Sutton
Saint John and Acadie-Bathurst will face off again Saturday night at the K.C. Irving regional Centre, puck drop is 7PM.