The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Victoriaville Tigres 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station. Saint John is now 12-45-2-3 while the Tigres improved to 28-30-4-1.
A scoreless opening period saw the Tigres containing the Sea Dogs in their own zone but Bouthillier played a solid first 20 minutes to keep the scoreboard blank.
Victoriaville had two fruitless opportunities with the man advantage after Spadafore went off for high sticking at 12:05 and Jeremie Poirier served two for playing with a broken stick at 14:22.
Shots in the first favored the Tigres 16-4.
Saint John opened the scoring at 19 seconds of the second period when Maxim Cajkovic’s two-on-one pass to Deakin-Poot was deflected in for the Slovakian’s 21st of the year.
The Tigres would go on to score four straight from Zackary Riel, Sean Larochelle, Mikhail Abramov and Mathieu Sevigny to go up 4-1 halfway through the second.
Aiden MacIntosh convereted at 16:02 of the second on a nifty spinning pass from Filip Prikryl to cut the lead to 4-2.
Victoriaville would add one more in the second period from Tyler Boivin to make it 5-2 heading into the third.
The Tigres continued to find the back of the net adding two more at 7:30 and 8:08 from Mikhail Abramov on the power play and Conor Frenette. Tommy DaSilva replaced Zachary Bouthillier in net for the last half of the third.
Tempers flared late in the third when Boivin got his stick up on Patrick Musico who fell to the ice. Boivin received a double minor on the play while Dominic Cormier and Christian Clark received misconduct for the scrum during the whistle. Clark was a thorn in Cormier’s side for most of the game.
Saint John had a power play to end the game but it was too little too late as the Tigres took this one with a final score of 7-2.
Bouthillier and DaSilva combined for 38 saves for Saint John while Côté-Cazenave stopped 25 of 27.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Mikhail Abramov
2 – Egor Serdyuk
3 – Maxim Cajkovic