A hat trick from Brady Burns and two goal nights from Nicholas Girouard and Josh Lawrence led the Saint John Sea Dogs (13-9-3-1) as they took on the Moncton Wildcats (8-12-2-1) on Friday. The Sea Dogs have now won 7 of the 10 matchups against their maritime rivals, and their last four meetings straight. A high scoring second and third period lifted the port city team 9-2 over Moncton in front of a covid-safe sold-out crowd.
Noah Patenaude started in net for Saint John making 31 saves and Dakota Lund-Cornish got the start for Moncton, stopping 24 of the Sea Dogs shots. The Sea Dogs were missing roster regulars Charles Savoie (upper body injury) and Liam Leonard (suspension).
The Wildcats struck first, Francis Langlois breaking the 0-0 tie, picking up a rebound in front of the Sea Dogs net and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 10:58.
Moncton’s captain Jacob Hudson went to the box for slashing with 3:25 remaining in the first and the Sea Dogs got their first power play of the night. Charlie Desroches was given a cross checking penalty and joined him 21 seconds later, sending play to 4-on-4. Jérémie Poirier tied the game up with his eight goal of the season, flicking the puck over Lund-Cornish off his backhand from in close.
The shots were 15-5 for Moncton after the first period.
The second period was all Saint John, bringing the energy early and keeping it up to the end of the game, giving themselves a 6-1 lead going into the final frame.
Sea Dogs leading goal scorer Brady Burns broke the tie with his thirteenth goal of the season early in the second period, firing a sniper past Lund-Cornish from the top of the circle at 1:40.
A shot from Josh Lawrence from the blue line bounced off of a Wildcats player’s skate and into the net at 5:23 putting the Sea Dogs up 3-1. 16 seconds later a tip from Nicholas Girouard off a pass from Charlie DesRoches found its way to the back of the net, giving Saint John a three-goal lead.
Moncton rookie Mathis Cloutier was sent off for hooking at 7:13. Brady Burns scored his second of the night, firing the puck through a crowd in front and hitting the back of the net 38 seconds into the resulting power play.
With 1:24 remaining in the second period Nicholas Girouard scored his second of the night and his ninth of the year, sending a one timer off a pass from Peter Reynolds past the shoulder of Lund-Cornish.
Shots after the second were 26-16 for Moncton.
Francis Langlois scored his second of the night, a wrist shot from the top of the circle, at – making it 6-2.
A sharp angle shot from Vladislav Kotkov at 10:36 looked as though it bounced off of the post and out and play continued, but after a stoppage in play the shot was reviewed and declared a good goal.
Brady Burns completed his hat trick soon after, picking up a rebound and firing it into the open net, making it 8-2 for the Sea Dogs.
Thomas Darcy was sent off for boarding and Josh Lawrence joined him 11 seconds later on an interference call and play was 4-on-4 for 1:49. Ryan Francis took advantage of the extra space, scoring the Sea Dogs ninth and final goal of the night on a breakaway.
The final shot count was tied 33-33.
Stats & Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Brady Burns (3G 1A)
2 – Nicholas Girouard (2G 2A)
3 – Christopher Inniss (3A)
The Sea Dogs will face off against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at TD Station for a 3 PM Sunday matinee on April 4th. Terrapure Bubble Packs are available for Sunday’s game at the TD Station box office and online.