BOISBRIAND – Maxime Collin scored a hat trick and Alex Barre-Boulet added two goals as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs, 5-1, Friday at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

The game marked the Blainville-Boisbriand (28-9-2-1) debut for Canadian World Junior gold medalist, Drake Batherson, who was acquired from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles after the tournament. He earned an assist in the game.

Nick Deakin-Poot had the only goal for Saint John (11-23-6-2), which lost its fifth straight.

The Sea Dogs finished the night with 12 shots on goal, tying the team record for fewest shots in a game.

A scoring summary is available HERE.

The Armada opened the scoring more than seven minutes into the game when Collin potted the rebound of a Thomas Ethier shot from in close.

Barre-Boulet made it a 2-0 game with a power play goal three minutes later.

The league’s leading scorer was parked in the bottom of the right circle when he took a pass from the left side of the crease and rifled a wrister into an open cage, past a helpless Alex D’Orio.

Collin struck again with six minutes left in the period, finishing off a give-and-go with Alexandre Alain with a heavy wrister from the left side of the slot, which beat D’Orio over his glove.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Blainville-Boisbriand enjoyed 1:24 of 5-on-3 power play time early in the frame, but could not extend their lead.

Barre-Boulet buried his second of the night more than four minutes into the third.

The 20-year-old took a pass in the slot, got around a Saint John defender, deked past D’Orio and tucked the puck inside the left post.

Armada goalie Emile Samson passed a big test halfway through the third period in the form of a 2-on-1.

Saint John’s Cedric Pare carried the puck down the left wing and fed a pass across the ice to Ostap Safin. The Edmonton Oilers’ prospect snapped a one-timer on goal that Samson denied with his left leg.

The Sea Dogs broke the rookie netminder’s shutout bid with under five minutes to go.

Deakin-Poot won the race to a potential icing call to the right of the Blainville-Boisbriand goal. He attempted to centre the puck from the trapezoid behind the net, but it bounced off the back of Samson’s right leg and rolled inside the right post.

A Sea Dog power play with under two minutes remaining prompted Saint John to pull D’Orio to create a 6-on-4 advantage.

Collin concluded the scoring with a shorthanded empty-netter with 3.6 seconds remaining.

Samson got the win with 11 saves. D’Orio took the loss in a 36-save performance.

Collin’s hat trick made him first star while Barre-Boulet’s two goals prompted a second-star selection. Batherson picked up an assist to earn third star in front of 2,337 fans in attendance.

Saint John’s next game is Sunday, January 14th, at 4 p.m. against the Rimouski Oceanic at Colisee Financiere Sun Life. Listen LIVE on 96.1 NewSong FM or Watch LIVE on Neulion.

The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Friday, January 19th, at 7 p.m. against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Harbour Station. It’s You Can Play Night! Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online. Buy before the day of the game and SAVE!


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