In a close and exciting match-up, the Saint John Sea Dogs (4-8-1-0) were host to the first place Sherbrooke Phoenix (11-1-1-0) on Wednesday night at TD Station. Zachary Bouthillier got the start for the Dogs, stopping 27 of the 31 shots he faced in a 4-1 loss.
Both teams played an exciting back and forth game in the first period. The goaltenders stood on their heads, the penalty kills did their jobs, and despite many chances on both sides, the game remained tied at zero after the first.
The Sea Dogs power play got their first chance at 15:22 after Nathael Roy was given a penalty for interference.
At 4:43 Patrick Musico was sent to the box for crosschecking, giving the league-best Phoenix their first chance of the game. James White followed him soon after and the Phoenix had a two-man advantage for 20 seconds.
The Sea Dogs killed the Musico penalty and the play went to 4-on-4 when Félix Robert went to the box at 2:38.
Shots at the end of the first were 13-8 for the Phoenix.
The Sherbrooke power play got another 5-on-3 advantage after a penalty to Julian Vander Voet at 13:27 and one to Nicolas Guay at 12:21. The Phoenix broke the scoreless tie at 11:45 when Bailey Peach scored with the two-man advantage.
At 8:54 Yann-Félix Lapointe went to the box for hooking, but the Sea Dogs remained down by one.
The Sherbrooke lead increased to two at 4:44. Yann-Félix Lapointe sent one past Bouthillier while Olivier Desroches and Israel Mianscum were shoving in front of the Saint John netminder. Desroches and Mianscum received matching roughing minors on the play.
Shots after the second were 20-16 for the Phoenix.
The Sea Dogs started the third with another powerplay chance when Samuel Poulin was sent to the box at 15:55. This time the powerplay was successful, captain Nicolas Guay sent a rocket past the Sherbrooke goaltender the faceoff dot and brought the game within one.
Nicholas Deakin-Poot was sent off at 14:48 with a crosschecking minor and a 10-minute misconduct. Sherbrooke’s Félix Robert caught his own rebound on the powerplay and increased the lead to two once again.
Bailey Peach scored his second of the game at 6:25 when he was left alone in front of the Sea Dogs net and roofed it the puck past Bouthillier.
With 1:43 remaining, Samuel Poulin was sent the box. The Sea Dogs called a time out and pulled Bouthillier in an attempt at a late-game push, but were unsuccessful.
Shots at the end of the game were 31-22 for the Phoenix.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Bailey Peach (2G)
2 – Félix Robert (1G)
3 – Zachary Bouthillier (27 Saves)
The Sea Dogs will continue their five game home stand at TD Station on Saturday, October 26th at 7pm. Tickets are available at the TD Station box office or online.