SAINT JOHN – The Drummondville Voltigeurs scored three times in the second period on their way to a 4-3 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, Wednesday at Harbour Station.
Connor Bramwell, Cedric Desruisseaux, Bobby Lynch and Nicolas Guay scored for Drummondville (20-8-1-1), which won its second straight game.
Joe Veleno paced the Saint John (8-17-4-2) attack with two goals and an assist. Ostap Safin added a goal and an assist.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Voltigeurs opened the scoring four minutes into the game with a power play strike
Bramwell strode into the low slot and deflected a pass from Nicolas Beaudin past the left pad of Alex D’Orio in the Sea Dogs’ goal.
Veleno tied the game three minutes later.
The Saint John captain raced in on the right wing and whistled a wrist shot under the blocker of goalie Olivier Rodrigue.
Safin gave the Sea Dogs the lead just past the halfway mark in the first.
The Czech winger played give-and-go with Veleno, who ripped a wrister from the left side that went off Rodrigue’s mask. Safin slid the rebound inside the left post.
The visitors tied the score four minutes into the second when Desruisseaux took a pass off the right side of the crease and whipped a shot past D’Orio’s blocker.
Two minutes later, Lynch threw a pass from the right circle that deflected off Sea Dog defenceman Radim Salda and past a helpless D’Orio to make it a 3-2 Drummondville lead.
Veleno found the net again before the halfway mark.
Safin stole the puck on the right boards and fed a streaking Veleno in the low slot. He snapped it past Rodrigue’s blocker.
But Guay restored the Voltigeurs’ advantage only twelve seconds later, taking a pass behind the Saint John defence and ripping a wrist shot over D’Orio’s glove.
There was no scoring in the third period.
The Sea Dogs killed off a late 5-on-3, and got D’Orio to the bench for an extra attacker with under a minute left, but were not able to tie the game again.
Rodrigue earned the win with 26 saves. D’Orio turned aside 23 shots in a losing cause.
Veleno was named first star with his three-point game while Lynch took second star with a goal and an assist. Beaudin snared third star with two assists in front of 3,504 fans in attendance.
Saint John’s next home game is Sunday, December 10th, at 3 p.m. against the Gatineau Olympiques at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online. Buy before the day of the game and SAVE!