CHARLOTTETOWN – The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Charlottetown Islanders by a score of 5-1 on Thursday night at the Eastlink Centre.
The Sea Dogs were without regular starters James White (suspension) and Maxim Cajkovic (lower body).
A stalemate opening period was broken with under two minutes on the clock when defenceman Jérémie Poirier had the puck take an unfortunate bounce off his stick as he circled the Sea Dogs net leaving the puck out front for Cole Edwards who found twine to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
With time winding down in the first, the Islanders would go up 2-0 when Noah Laaouan picked a pocket at the blue line and came down the right side with a blast to beat Bouthillier.
Nicholas Deakin-Poot cut the lead in half in the second period with his third of the year, a power play goal with the assist going to Charlie DesRoches. Saint John’s power play has had success early on this season, currently they hold a %22.2 success rate – the fifth best in the league.
Jérémie Jacob received a tripping minor at 10:03 when he took down Thomas Casey. Both teams joined for a scrum and Jordan Spadafore and Noah Laaouan would go off for roughing.
During the ensuing Islanders man advantage Kevin Gursoy scored to make it 3-1 Charlottetown.
The Islanders came out in the third period with two quick goals from Brett Budgell at 2:04 and Nikita Alexandrov at 3:10 to extend the lead to 5-1.
Saint John had several late chances on the power play but overage goaltender Matthew Welsh was strong in net for the Islanders with 23 saves to secure the win.
Zachary Bouthillier finished with 36 saves.
1 – Nikita Alexandrov (1G)
2 – Noah Laaouan (1G)
3 – Xavier Bernard (2A)
The Sea Dogs return home for two games this weekend. On Saturday night they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7PM and on Sunday it’s Patrick Roy’s Remparts visiting TD Station. Tickets for both games are available at the TD Station Box Office or online.