SAINT JOHN – Members of the Saint John Sea Dogs made an impact on the second day of the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Jeremie Poirier and Charlie DesRoches helped Canada White earn a 5-4 overtime victory over Josh Lawrence and Canada Black on Sunday at Harbour Station.
Poirier was named Canada White’s player of the game with two goals. Lawrence also had a goal in the game.
“Here in Saint John, I’m familiar with the ice and the rink, but to put on the Canada jersey was really awesome,” Poirier said following the match.
The Sea Dogs d-man opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first period, putting in the rebound of a Cole Perfetti shot. Quinton Byfield tied the game with a shorthanded goal at 10:44 but Perfetti scored at 16:10 to put White back in front heading into intermission.
Just 1:12 into the second, Will Cuylle tied the game at 2-2. Then at 2:58, Lawrence tapped the puck into a wide open cage to put Canada Black ahead for the first time, 3-2.
Poirier tied the game back up at 9:01, accepting a perfect feed from Perfetti for his second goal of the game.
“I think I do the little details and play simple,” said Poirier. “That’s paid off for me. I got rewarded with Cole Perfetti feeding me two times and I just had to tap the puck in. I think the team played pretty good too, and had good puck luck.”
The teams traded goals in the third, setting up Connor McClennon’s game winning marker at 4:25 of overtime.
Canada Black returns to action today at 3:30, facing off against the Czech Republic. Canada White will take on the United States at 7:30 p.m. Both games are at Harbour Station.
Meanwhile, Sea Dogs defenseman William Villeneuve and Canada Red fell 4-2 to Russia in their opening game. The majority of the match was played on Saturday night at the Quispamis qplex but the final few minutes had to be played on Sunday afternoon following a power outage.
Canada Red takes on Sweden tonight at 7 p.m. at the qplex.
(Photo Credit:Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)