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Burns Pots Hat Trick As Sea Dogs Thump Wildcats

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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).

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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.

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