CHARLOTTETOWN – Ostap Safin scored twice and added an assist and Cody Porter made 28 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs shut out the Charlottetown Islanders, 4-0, Friday at Eastlink Centre.
Kevin Gursoy and Daniel Hardie also scored for Saint John (3-3-1-0) while Joe Veleno and Radim Salda earned two assists each.
Head Coach Josh Dixon earned his first career victory behind the bench. It’s the Sea Dogs’ third straight win.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
Safin opened the scoring with a power play goal five minutes into the game.
The Edmonton Oilers prospect took a pass on the right boards, stepped into the circle and ripped a low wrist shot through the legs of Islanders’ goalie Dakota Lund-Cornish, who was making his QMJHL debut.
Gursoy made it a 2-0 game with under four minutes remaining in the period.
On another Saint John power play, Anthony Boucher stole the puck behind the goal and fed a wide-open Gursoy at the top of the crease. The Windsor, Ontario, native snapped a quick shot past Lund-Cornish for his first QMJHL goal.
The Sea Dogs added another power play marker nearly three minutes into the second.
Hardie, the Sea Dogs’ leading scorer, took a pass on the right side of the slot. When he attempted to feed it in front of the goal, it deflected off an Islanders’ defender and past Lund-Cornish to make it a 3-0 game.
Safin capped his three-point night with one more power play strike eight minutes into the third period.
A battle along the left wing boards saw the puck come loose for Hardie. From the left circle, he fired a pass to Safin in the middle of the slot. The Czech winger stopped it with his skate and snapped a heavy wrist shot past Lund-Cornish’s glove.
The Islanders pressed to get on the board late in the game, but were not able to solve Porter.
Rookie centre Nikita Alexandrov took a pass in front of the net for an open chance. His wrister went off the back of Porter’s glove, off the crossbar and stayed out.
Porter was named third star in his first Sea Dog win. Lund-Cornish made 29 stops in a losing cause and was named second star. Safin’s three points and seven shots on goal made him first star in front of 1,997 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next game is Saturday, October 7th, at 7 p.m. against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.
Sea Dogs Season Tickets are available for purchase at the Harbour Station Box Office until Friday, October 13th. Click HERE for more information. Fans wishing to buy using a payment plan can do so at the Sea Dogs Administration Office on the pedway level of Harbour Station.
(Photo courtesy Jamie Tozer/Saint John Sea Dogs)