SUBWAY GAME RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 3-2 Battle in Moncton
The Saint John Sea Dogs (22-36-3-1) went back-and-forth with the Moncton Wildcats (31-27-1-2) all night long, but came up just short, losing 3-2 in overtime on Friday night.
Charles Beaudoin scored the winner 1:53 into overtime for the Wildcats while Jacob Steinman made 32 saves in net to secure the victory.
Noah Reinhart led the Sea Dogs with a goal and an assist while Peter Reynolds potted the other goal and Ventsislav Shingarov made 30 saves in goal.
Just under two minutes in Jonas Taibel circled out of the right corner for a dangerous close-range shot for Moncton but Shingarov made the save.
A little over three minutes later Alexis Cournoyer received a stretch pass in stride down the right wing for a shot, but Steinman gave him no openings and made the stop.
Moments later former Sea Dog Connor Trenholm was set up off a 2-on1 for a one-timer, but Shingarov read the play well and kept it out.
With 6:20 left in the first the Sea Dogs got on the board as Joseph Ianniello’s point shot bounced off the end boards directly to Reinhart who batted the puck under Steinman for the 1-0 lead.
Shots after the first were 13-7 for the Sea Dogs.
3:05 into the second period, Yoan Loshing fed a cross-ice pass to Vincent Labelle who then found Alex Mercier cutting to the net whose first shot was stopped but he banged in his own rebound to tie the game 1-1.
Neither team got many other dangerous chances as the second period was tight-checking and closely contested.
Moncton did come close with under three minutes left in the frame as Labelle and Mercier worked a pair of give-and-go passes that ended with the puck just hopping past Labelle who was staring at a wide-open net.
With 1:04 left in the period, and Saint John on the power play, Shingarov stopped a puck behind his own net only for Taibel to beat a Sea Dogs defenseman to the puck and catch the Shingarov out of his net, beating him with a wraparound for a short-handed goal to give the Wildcats the 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Shots after the second were 26-15 for the Sea Dogs.
53 seconds into the third, Reinhart took a shot from high up in the Wildcats zone that Steinman stopped but the rebound came right out to Peter Reynolds in the slot who buried it to tie the game back up a 2-2.
Just seconds after the goal the Wildcats came down on a 3-on-1 break but Mercier couldn’t finish the play and put it wide.
The Sea Dogs came right back on their own 3-on-1, but an attempted pass by Cole Burbidge was knocked away by the Moncton defender to break it up.
With eight and a half minutes left, Beaudoin slipped a great pass to Gabe Smith off a 2-on-1, but Shingarov came up with a great pad save to preserve the tie.
It remained 2-2 through regulation and the game went to overtime.
Shots after the third were 34-32 for the Sea Dogs.
Just 1:05 into overtime Labelle skated end to end with the puck and put a cross-crease pass over to Maxim Barbashev, but he did not get enough to put the puck past Shingarov.
Moments later though, Beaudoin skated down on a 2-on-1 with Barbashev and Beaudoin took the shot himself and put it over the glove of Shingarov to win it for the Wildcats.
Final shots in the game were 34-33.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 Charles Beaudoin (1G)
2 Alex Mercier (1G)
3 Noah Reinhart (1G 1A)
The Sea Dogs head back out on the road on Sunday, March 12th, when they visit the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Puck drop is at 3PM AST and you can listen to the game on Sea Dogs Radio presented by TD at CFBC 930 AM or watch at watch.chl.ca.
The Sea Dogs only have three more home games left this season so be sure to redeem your flex vouchers while they are still valid at the TD Station Box Office!