January 20, 2013,
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs and the Moncton Wildcats met for the second time in a week, with the Moncton Wildcats shutting out the Sea Dogs in front of 3,867 fans at Harbour Station in Sunday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Sebastien Auger stopped 30 of 37 in the loss. Saint John fell to 19-26-0-0 in the loss.
Alex Saulnier and Ross Johnston each had two goals and an assist in response for the Wildcats. Christophe Lalonde had a goal and an assist while Ryan Penny and Phillip Danault each added singles in the win. Alex Dubeau stopped all 23 shots against in the win as Moncton climbed to 28-16-1-0.
The first period opened the game with a lot of intensity from the boys in black. Justin Dickinson and Kyle Haas dropped the gloves in a spirited tilt deep in the Moncton zone, exchanging rapid-fire rights in a flurry.
Saint John responded with a lot of energy, leading to a great chance by Andreas Tosgkas. A high, quick wrist-shot nearly fooled Dubeau, but he got a blocker on it and turned it aside.
Another flurry of chances for the Sea Dogs late in the period was stymied by the scambling play of Dubeau and his defencemen. The Dogs had two chances stopped by Dubeau, first with the pads, then with the stick as he spun in the crease. The third chance in the barrage was blocked by the Moncton d-man to keep the game tied.
The Sea Dogs outshot the Wildcats 13-8 in the first.
Moncton opened the scoring with the referees arm in the air for a delayed penalty at 1:44 of the first.
Things went from bad to worse for the Sea Dogs as they were handed a major and a minor penalty at 2:34. Moncton capitalized three times during the power play span.
Their first came at 3:13 from Danault, the second at 4:33 from Lalonde made it 3-0 and the third was scored by Alex Saulnier.
Moncton extended their lead on a goal from Penny at 8:38, making it 5-0 Wildcats.
Shots in the second were 13-3.
The third period didn’t start very well either for the Sea Dogs. Saulnier scored again just 23 seconds in to make it 6-0.
Moncton added one more on the power play as Johnston put home his second of the game at 19:25 with the man-advantage.
The boys return to Harbour Station Saturday night to take on the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available at the Harbour Station box office, online at tickets.harbourstation.ca or by calling 657-1234.