May 21, 2012
SHAWINIGAN, Que. – The Saint John Sea Dogs got into the win column with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings at the MasterCard Memorial Cup Monday.
Zack Phillips opened the scoring and added a late third-period marker as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Sea Dogs evened their record at 1-1. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, with Saint John’s other goals coming from Danick Gauthier and Ryan Tesink. Charlie Coyle chipped in two assists and Mathieu Corbeil made 25 saves for the Sea Dogs, who took a 3-1 lead in the second period and held on from there.
Kristians Pelss and Stephane Legault scored for the Oil Kings and Henrik Samuelsson assisted on both goals for the Western League champs. Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves in a losing cause.
The result gives all four teams at the national major junior championship identical 1-1 records with one round-robin game remaining for each.
Phillips got the game’s first goal at 4:23 of the opening frame on a sharp-angle shot that caught Brossoit by surprise. Pelss equalized with a power-play goal on a deflection at 7:03 of the first. The Latvian’s second of the tournament was reviewed as a potential high stick but the video replay was deemed inconclusive.
The Sea Dogs came out with a spring in their steps for the second period. Nathan Beaulieu jumped out of the penalty box to find himself on a 2-on-1 with Tomas Jurco, but his behind-the-back pass was broken up by Griffin Reinhart. Then just over four minutes into the middle frame, Gauthier rang a shot off the post.
Shortly thereafter Huberdeau put the Dogs in the lead for good. Coyle sent him in on a breakaway from the blueline and the captain deked to his forehand for his second of the tournament at 4:42. Gauthier extended the lead at 15:53. Coyle’s shot from the left wing was partially blocked and deflected to Gauthier, who redirected it past Brossoit. Kevin Gagne started the play with an expert outlet pass, and picked up the other assist.
Legault drew Edmonton back within one at 16:56. Legault got in behind the Saint John defence and danced around Corbeil as he attempted to knock the puck away. The Oil Kings looked to equalize on the next shift but Corbeil came up with a big right pad save on Tyler Maxwell.
It remained a one-goal game through the bulk of the third period until Phillips finally gave the Dogs some breathing room at 18:23. Phillips finished a feed from Tomas Jurco for his second goal, with the other assist going to Stanislav Galiev. Tesink added an empty-netter at 19:55 to cap a Saint John win on his 19th birthday. Huberdeau had the assist on Tesink’s second Memorial Cup marker.
Saint John’s final round-robin game is at 8 p.m. Atlantic Time Wednesday against the host Shawinigan Cataractes. All games will be televised on Sportsnet and Tim Roszell will have the call on News 88.9.