A late Sea Dogs comeback fell short as the Sherbrooke Phoenix beat Saint John 5-2 on Saturday night at Harbour Station.
Saint John opened the scoring on the power play when William Villeneueve let a blast go from the point, his first QMJHL goal at 11:00. D’Orio was stellar in net turning aside 16 shots to give the Sea Dogs a 1-0 lead heading into the second.
Sherbrooke came firing back in the second period holding Saint John to just six shots in the frame. The Phoenix added goals from Patrick Guay at 1:50, Bailey Peach at 8:20 and Taro Jentzch with the eventual game winner at 10:35 helping them take a 3-1 lead into the third period. Shots on goal favored Sherbrooke, 25-6.
After an even opening to the third Saint John pulled D’Orio for the extra attacker with just over three minutes to go. At 17:18 Anthony Boucher tapped in a pass from William Villeneuve to bring the Dogs within one. With under a minute to go and the net empty Sherbooke added two more goals from Alexandre Joncas and Benjamin Tardif for the final score of 5-2. Shots in the third favored Sherbrooke 13-9.
Alex D’Orio was magnificent for Saint John with 49 saves. Brendan Cregan stopped 21 for the win.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Alex D’Orio
2 – William Villeneuve
3 – Jaxon Bellamy
Saint John takes to the road in Cape Breton on Wednesday night before returning home Friday November 30th for their annual Teddy Bear Toss game against Val d’Or. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online at www.harbourstation.ca.