Returning to play for the first time since August 28, the Saint John Sea Dogs were comfortable from the start, taking down the Moncton Wildcats in a 6-2 win. A two-goal game from William Dufour, as well as Olivier Picard’s first goal as a Sea Dog helped lead the team to their win on Sunday afternoon.
Jonathan Lemieux got the start for the Sea Dogs, stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced, while Vincent Fillion was in net for the Wildcats, stopping 28 of the Sea Dogs 35 shots.
William Dufour opened the scoring at 11:42 into the game, the forward would go on to score the game-winner with 16 seconds remaining in the first period, his third and fourth goals of the preseason.
New Sea Dog Olivier Picard, recently acquired in a trade with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, scored his first with the Port City team at 14:02 in the first period.
Wildcats forward Gabriel Bernier broke the shutout 10:01 into the second period.
Peter Reynolds responded quickly, getting on the board at 11:47, and Riley Bezeau closed out the period with a buzzer-beater, giving the Sea Dogs a 5-1 lead going into the final frame.
Both teams were held scoreless for most of the period until Wildcat Etienne Morin scored his first of the preseason with 3:10 remaining in the game.
Josh Lawrence scored his fifth of the preseason, a power-play goal, with one minute remaining in the game, and the Sea Dogs won 6-2.
Final shots were 35-28 for the Sea Dogs.
The Sea Dogs will return to Fredericton for their final home preseason game on Saturday, September 18, taking on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Aitken Centre at 7 PM. Tickets are available at the Aitken Centre Box Office or online at https://unbtickets.universitytickets.com/