In their seventh matchup of the season, the Saint John Sea Dogs (25-27-1-0) fell to their rivals the Moncton Wildcats (38-12-1-0) in a 10-2 loss in Moncton on Wednesday night. The Sea Dogs goals came from Maxim Cajkovic and Rookie Sea Dog Charles Savoie, who scored his first QMJHL goal. Moncton now leads the season series 4-3, but the Sea Dogs will look to tie it back up when the two teams meet again on Friday.
Jérémie Poirier was sent to the box for holding 2:25 into the game. Jakob Pelletier opened the scoring with a tip-in goal on the power play.
The Wildcats added two more goals, starting with Zachary L’Heureux at 8:37. 19 seconds later, Jakob Pelletier added his second of the game.
Zachary Bouthillier replaced Noah Patenaude in net after the third Moncton goal.
A passing play by Alexander Khovanov to Jeremy McKenna made it 4-0 for the Wildcats.
The shots after the first period were 13-11 for Moncton.
The period started off with a great play by Anderson MacDonald, who fed the puck to Josh Lawrence in front of the net, but Lawrence was robbed by a big save by Olivier Rodrigue.
The Sea Dogs went back on the penalty kill when Joona Lehmus was sent off for slashing 35 seconds into the period.
Elliot Desnoyers was sent to the box for roughing at 6:11 and Saint John’s power play came out for the first time of the night.
Maxim Cajkovic opened the scoring for the Sea Dogs at 8:34, firing the puck over Olivier Rodrigue’s shoulder.
Ben Badalementi was sent to the box for holding at 9:13.
A shot from Jared MacIsaac bounced off of Mika Cyr’s skate and into the net for the Wildcats’ fifth goal of the night.
At 13:58, Maxim Cajkovic went to the box for slashing. Zachary L’Heureux scored his second of the night on the power play.
Charles Savoie scored his first goal in the QMJHL, waiting at the top of the crease and tapping a pass from Kale McCallum past Olivier Rodrigue to make it 6-2.
With 2:08 remaining in the period, Joona Lehmus went to the box for hooking. After a holding call against Matt Gould, play went to five-on-three for 21 seconds. Alexander Khovanov scored five seconds into the two-man advantage.
Julian Vander Voet was sent off for slashing, sending play to five-on-three for 1:55
Shots going into the third period were 37-23 for the Wildcats.
Two goals from Gabriel Fortier and Alexander Khovanov’s second goal of the night in the third period wrapped up the Sea Dogs 10-2 loss.
Shots at the end of the game were 46-33.
Full Stats and Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 Jakob Pelletier (2G 2A)
2 Alexander Khovanov (2G 2A)
3 Zachary L’Heureux (2G 1A)
The Sea Dogs will be looking for revenge on home ice on Friday February 14 when the Wildcats travel to Saint John for a Valentine’s Day matchup. Puck drop is at 7PM. Tickets are available at the TD Station Box office or online.