The Saint John Sea Dogs combined for 23 points on Thursday night to down the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 9-4 at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. Rookie Sea Dogs were the big contributors on the night accounting for six goals including a hat trick from Cam MacDonald.
Saint John rested many of the veterans from Tuesday’s game including William Villeneuve, Charlie DesRoches, Christopher Inniss, Liam Leonard and Nicholas Girouard.
It was déjà vu to start the first period as the Titan jumped out to an early two goal lead reminiscent of Tuesday night. Saint John responded though with three straight goals in the second half of the frame. Charles Savoie lasered a pass to Peter Reynolds in front of the net who ripped home his first goal of the preseason. Less than two minutes later, Leighton Carruthers broke through the zone and wristed home his first. With under a minute to go in the frame Alex Drover flew by the defence and buried it to give the Dogs a 3-2 lead heading into the intermission. Carmine Anthony-Pagliarulo made six saves as Saint John led shots in the period, 14-8.
A stalemate second period was broken when the Titan tied the game on a power play marker, from there it was all Saint John. Dawson Stairs scored back-to-back goals for his first and second of the year to put the Dogs up 5-3. Noah Patenaude took over in net at the halfway mark of the period. Tommy Da Silva finished the period for the Titan before Jack Howatt started the third. The offence continued early in the third as Cam MacDonald blasted home a one-timer from Alex Drover just 25 seconds into the period. Drover finished the game with a goal and three assists. Peter Reynolds had a highlight reel goal as he came in with speed and finished five-hole for his second of the game. In a night filled with dazzling goals, Drover then undressed a defenceman and saucered a pass to Cam MacDonald who banged home his second of the game to give the Sea Dogs a 8-3 lead.
A pair of fights highlighted the third period as Riley Bezeau locked up with Cameron MacLean and Brendan Sibley tussled with Cole Huckins. Bezeau received a game misconduct for removal of an opponent’s helmet. Cam MacDonald would add another to complete his hat trick at 14:10 of the third period. The Titan scored late to make the final score, 9-4.
Saint John finished with a 42-30 lead in shots on goal. Pagliarulo made 14 stops, Patenaude had 12 saves.
Saint John returns to action on Saturday afternoon as they visit Halifax to take on the Mooseheads at 4:00pm.