FREDERICTON – The Moncton Wildcats scored four times in the third period to come from behind and defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs, 4-3, in preseason action Thursday at the Aitken University Centre.
Jeremy McKenna, Julien Tessier, Anderson MacDonald and Jacob Hudson scored for Moncton.
Kevin Gursoy, Ben Reid and Daniel Hardie responded for Saint John.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring nearly twelve minutes into the first period when Gursoy found the net, finishing off a 2-on-1 pass from Isiah Campbell.
Reid made it a 2-0 game more than three minutes into the second with a shot that bounced off the end glass, over the net, off the back of goalie Matthew Waite and into the goal.
Moncton cut its deficit in half just over a minute into the third period on a goal by McKenna.
Tessier, the former Sea Dog, tied the game at 2-2 almost four minutes later.
The Wildcats took the lead with under five minutes to go when MacDonald, the Quispamsis product, potted a power play goal with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Hudson made it a two-goal game with 53 seconds remaining.
Saint John got back within one with 26.1 seconds to go when Hardie buried a rebound chance to create a 4-3 final score.
Waite made 27 stops for the win in the Moncton goal. Matthew Williams turned aside 38 shots in a losing cause in front of 2,807 fans in attendance.
Saint John’s final preseason game is Friday, September 15th, at 7 p.m. against the Halifax Mooseheads at Scotiabank Centre.
The Sea Dogs kick off the 2017-18 regular season on Thursday, September 21st, at 7 p.m. against Halifax at Harbour Station. Saint John will recognize last year’s championship season with the raising of the 2017 President Cup banner. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.
Sea Dogs Season Tickets are available for purchase at the Harbour Station Box Office. Click HERE for more information. Fans wishing to buy using a payment plan can do so at the Sea Dogs Administration Office on the pedway level of Harbour Station.
(Photo courtesy Andy Campbell/UNB)