The Saint John Sea Dogs improved to 11-7-3-1 with a 5-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats (7-10-2-1) on Friday night at the Avenir Centre. Brady Burns powered the offence with a pair of goals while Jérémie Poirier contributed three helpers. This was Saint John’s fourth straight road win.
Zachary Emond started in goal for Saint John, Dakota Lund-Cornish for Moncton. The Sea Dogs were without regulars Liam Leonard (suspension) and Kale McCallum (day-to-day). Rookie forward Carter McCluskey made his QMJHL debut.
A sluggish first period from both teams saw neither one able to find a way onto the scoreboard. They traded power play opportunities including a Moncton 5-on-3 for 1:10 but the offences weren’t clicking and the game remained scoreless heading into the second.
Saint John came alive in the second period starting with a goal from Riley Bezeau. Poirier let a blast go from the point and Bezeau was there to coral the rebound and put it home for his sixth of the season.
Moncton replied with a shorthanded goal after a giveaway at the Sea Dog blueline to tie the game 1-1. Saint John responded just as the power play expired as Brady Burns ripped a shot past Lund-Cornish for his seventh of the season. 43 seconds later Leighton Carruthers scored his third of the year off a bouncing puck at the side of the Wildcats goal. Fellow rookie Nathan Drapeau had an assist on the play.
The Sea Dogs outshot the Wildcats 16-4 in the second period and took a 3-1 lead into the final frame.
Four minutes into the period Burns scored his second of the game, this time a power play marker on a nice cross ice feed from Charlie DesRoches. Poirier also had an assist on the goal, his third of the night. He now has 99 career points in the QMJHL.
With under five minutes to go DesRoches was called for tripping and Moncton chose to pull Lund-Cornish for the extra-attacker making it a 6-on-4 power play. Cam MacDonald was able to sneak by the Wildcats defender and walked the puck into the empty net to make it 5-1. Moncton did add another, a power play goal with 41 seconds to play for the final score, 5-2.
Zachary Emond finished with 18 saves on 20 shots, Lund-Cornish with 25 saves on 29 shots.
Stats & Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Brady Burns (2G)
2 – Jérémie Poirier (3A)
3 – Dominic Leblanc (1G)
Saint John is back in action Saturday night at TD Station when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7PM. Fans can follow the game on Sea Dogs Radio Presented By TD on CFBC 930AM.
Fans can use their tickets from January 3rd, 2021 OR February 3rd, 2021 for Saturday night’s game.