The Saint John Sea Dogs were beat by the Moncton Wildcats in an offensive battle on Thursday night in Moncton, 5-2. The Sea Dogs peppered a season high 40 shots on goal – both teams combined for a total of 82 shots. Saint John is now 2-9-2-1 while Moncton improves to 9-3-2-0.
Saint John opened the game on the offensive with each line creating chances and putting pressure on the Wildcats. Jonathan Aspirot was called for cross-checking at 6:54 but the Sea Dogs power play was unable to convert with the man advantage. At 17:45 Yohan Plamondon showed off his fast hands when he tapped a high bouncing puck off the post and in past Francis Leclerc for his sixth of the season giving Saint John the lead 1-0. As the period was coming to an end Moncton capitalized when Mika Cyr redirected a shot from the point that went high blocker side past Alex D’Orio. Just 23 seconds later Jeremy McKenna brought it down right side before heading to the net and slipping it low glove side over D’Orio to give Moncton the lead 2-1. Shots on goal favored Saint John in the first, 17-7.
Moncton fired back in the second period, leading in shots 18-11. There was a lengthy goal review halfway through the period after the Saint John net came off it’s moorings during an Alex D’Orio save. The ruling on the ice was no goal and the video review booth agreed. 18 seconds later Jakob Pelletier notched his sixth of the year after taking a feed from Jeremy McKenna on a two-on-one at 10:13 to make it 3-1 Moncton. Maxim Cajkovic went off for slashing at 16:00 and Jeremy McKenna knocked in his own rebound on the power play at 16:48 to give Moncton a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Saint John fought back in the third period. Brady Burns fooled Leclerc after his shot went off a leg in front at 11:27 to bring the Sea Dogs back within two. Michael Campoli was called for holding at 13:14 but Saint John stymied the Wildcats offense to keep the game close. The Wildcats were then called for delay of game at 17:49 sending the Sea Dogs on the power play. Saint John opted to pull Alex D’Orio for the extra attacker during the power play and Simon Le Coultre was able to launch a shot the length of the ice into the open cage for Moncton’s fifth of the night. Final score in Moncton 5-2.
Alex D’Orio made 37 saves for Saint John, while Francis Leclerc turned aside 36 for Moncton.
1st – Jeremy McKenna
2nd – Jakob Pelletier
3rd – Jordan Spence
Saint John returns to action tomorrow night in Charlottetown as they take on the Islanders at 7:30PM. These two teams last met on October 14th when Charlottetown came away with the shootout win after a third period comeback from Saint John. Listen live at sjseadogs.com/live