The Saint John Sea Dogs (21-21-1-0) met the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (19-17-4-1) for the first time of the season at TD Station for a stormy Sunday afternoon game. Three goals in the first period from Dawson Stairs, Josh Lawrence, and Brady Burns, and a 32 save shutout by Zachary Bouthillier pushed the Sea Dogs past the Drakkar, who had won four straight games coming into the Port City. It was an important win as both teams now have 43 points in the Eastern Conference standings.
New signing and Quispamsis native, Anderson MacDonald dressed for his first home game as a Sea Dog.
A hooking penalty against Jérémie Poirier at 3:09 sent the Sea Dogs to the penalty kill early, a strong performance from the penalty killers kept the score tied.
A highlight reel goal from Dawson Stairs opened the scoring, deking the puck between his legs and past the defenceman before slipping it past the Baie-Comeau goaltender Lucas Fitzpatrick at 7:38.
Baie-Comeau’s Christopher Merisier-Ortiz tripped Matt Gould on a scoring attempt at 10:53, sending the Sea Dogs to their first power play of the game.
Josh Lawrence increased the lead at 16:25, picking up the loose puck in front of the net and sending it top cheddar over Lucas Fitzpatrick’s shoulder.
Brady Burns added another 17 seconds later, skating in with speed and shooting the puck short side past the goaltender for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
A slashing penalty to Charles-Antoine Giguère sent the Sea Dogs to the power play, but the man advantage was short-lived as Jeffrey Durocher was sent to the box for hooking 19 seconds later, sending the play to four-on-four.
Shots after the first were 12-11 for the Drakkar.
The middle frame was filled with opportunities on both sides of the ice, but it ended scoreless, thanks to strong performances from the goaltenders on both ends.
Shots after the second were 25-21 for the Drakkar.
The fast pace and back and forth play continued into the third period, with big chances and bigger stops on both ends.
The Sea Dogs called a timeout with 8:46 remaining in the final period.
A bench minor penalty served by Gabriel Proulx with 14 seconds remaining was the final nail in the coffin for Drakkar in the 3-0 Sea Dogs win.
Final shots were 35-32 for the Sea Dogs.
Full Stats & Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 Zachary Bouthillier (32 Saves)
2 Josh Lawrence (1G 1A)
3 Brady Burns (1G 1A)
The Sea Dogs will hit the road to take on their rivals the Moncton Wildcats for the fifth time this season on Friday January 17 at 7PM. The Sea Dogs have taken the win in three of their four matchups so far this season. Follow the game online at sjseadogs.com/live.