SEA DOGS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN BAIE-COMEAU
BAIE-COMEAU – The Baie-Comeau Drakkar scored three times in the second period and held on to defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs, 5-4, Thursday at Centre Henry-Leonard.
Jordan Martel led the Baie-Comeau (7-8-0-1) offence with two goals and an assist while Gabriel Fortier added a goal and an assist. D’Artagnan Joly and Jean-Simon Belanger also found the net.
Joe Veleno and Landon Quinney countered with a goal and an assist each for Saint John (4-10-3-1). William Poirier and Cedric Pare also scored.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Drakkar scored the opening goal halfway through the first period when Ivan Chekhovich took a backhanded a shot from the low slot that was stopped by goalie Alex D’Orio. Joly potted the rebound to make it a 1-0 game.
Quinney tied it two minutes later.
The Las Vegas-native created a turnover on the left side of the neutral zone, near the Baie-Comeau blueline. He carried the puck down the left side and whipped a wrist shot that went over the glove of Antoine Samuel in the Drakkar goal.
The home side restored its lead with 32 seconds remaining in the frame when the puck bounced to Martel at the top of the left circle. Baie-Comeau’s leading scorer rifled a wrist shot past D’Orio’s glove.
Martel’s second of the game created a two-goal lead for Baie-Comeau midway through the second period.
During a 4-on-3 power play, he took a pass at the left faceoff dot and blasted a one-timer past D’Orio’s glove.
Poirier cut Saint John’s deficit to 3-2 with a shorthanded strike just over ninety seconds later.
Quinney grabbed the puck on the left boards near the Sea Dogs’ blueline and swept it out to neutral ice. Poirier won a race to the puck and broke in alone, deking to his backhand and tucking the puck between Samuel’s left arm and left pad for his first goal as a Sea Dog.
Belanger responded less than a minute later, burying the rebound of a backhander from the low slot.
It became a 5-2 game with two minutes to go in the period when Martel won a race to an iced puck in the left corner of the Saint John zone and fed it in front to a streaking Fortier, who snapped a low shot off of the left post and in.
The Sea Dogs attempted a comeback in the third period, starting with a power play goal four minutes in.
Saint John worked the puck around the outside of the offensive zone until Radim Salda slid down the left boards and found Pare in front of the crease. The Boston Bruins’ prospect sent a low backhander past Samuel to make it 5-3.
Veleno’s 4-on-3 power play goal halfway through the period cut the deficit to one.
Ostap Safin carried the puck from the right side toward the middle, and then dropped it into the right circle for Veleno. The Sea Dogs’ captain spun and ripped a wrist shot past Samuel’s glove.
Saint John pulled D’Orio for an extra skater with more than a minute left, but could not tie the game.
Their best chance came in the final minute when Daniel Hardie took a pass off the left side of the crease and snapped a shot toward the goal with Samuel out of position, but it was deflected wide of the left post.
Samuel earned the win with 31 saves. D’Orio took the loss despite 36 stops.
Martel’s three points made him first star while Fortier took second star with two points. Veleno’s goal and assist warranted a third-star selection in front of 1,502 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Thursday, November 9th, at 7 p.m. against the Sherbrooke Phoenix at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.