September 30, 2012,
MONCTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs visited the Moncton Wildcats in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon. The second game of the Rivalry Cup ended in a 5-1 Saint John win at the Moncton Coliseum.
Oliver Cooper had a goal and an assist and Devon Oliver-Dares added two assists while Jason Cameron, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Tesink added singles. Andreas Tsogkas recorded an assist for his first QMJHL point. Sebastien Auger made 41 saves on 42 shots for the win in his fifth consecutive start. The Sea Dogs improved to 4-1 with the victory.
Ryan Penny scored for Moncton while Alex Dubeau made stopped 25 of 29 shots in the loss. The Wildcats fell to 2-3 in the loss.
The Sea Dogs picked up three points in the Rivalry Cup standings with the win while Moncton grabs their first point with the 4, 783 fans in attendance. The points now stand at 6-1 for Saint John.
A short delay occurred after a scrum, and the Sea Dogs came out shorthanded. Auger stood tall once again to keep things scoreless. In particular, a right pad save early in the game on Allain Saulnier, who had broken into the offensive zone.
Dmitri Jaskin and Saulnier both had great chances just under eight minutes in, but Auger closed the door, continuing his stellar play from his last victory against the Gatineau Olympiques.
The provincial rivals played to a deadlock in the first period, with the Wildcats outshooting the Sea Dogs 13-8.
The back-and-forth game continued through the second, with shots almost even at 8-7 in favour of the Wildcats just after the mid-way point.
Huberdeau had the best chance late in the second, as he powered past Ivan Barbashev to put one on net, but Dubeau held on to freeze the puck.
The Wildcats broke the deadlock early in the third. Penny scored just 18 seconds in to make it 1-0.
Cameron completed the play started by Oliver-Dares and Izacky to tie the game exactly one minute after the Wildcats opened the scoring. Dares and Jakub Izacky cut into the zone, making a give-and-go play and just as it seemed as though the scoring play was over, Cameron tucked the puck in the net.
Huberdeau wristed a rocket past Dubeau at 2:49 after speeding around Saulnier for his fifth goals in five games. Zilbert’s excellent forecheck on Jonathan Racine forced the turnover to give Huberdeau the chance.
Anderson took advantage of a Moncton turnover at the blue line, cutting in and sniping the top, glove-side corner past Dubeau. Tsogkas made the play to force the turnover before getting the puck to Anderson for his first of the season at 7:33 to make it 3-1 Sea Dogs.
Tesink extended the Sea Dogs lead on a 3-on-2 play at 9:06 after wrapping around the net and batting the puck on an Oliver-Dares rebound. Cooper notched an assist on the goal, Tesink’s fourth of the year at 9:04 of the final frame.
Auger was the team’s best penalty killer as Moncton had a late Wildcats 5-on-3, first with a great right pad save, then an incredible glove hand on Saulnier to keep the Dogs up by three.
Auger’s penalty killing work came up big as Cooper iced the game with an empty-netter with 14.6 seconds to go.
The Sea Dogs return home Friday to take on Nathan MacKinnon and the Halifax Mooseheads. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office, www.tickets.harbourstation.ca and 657-1234.