Despite a late game push, the Saint John Sea Dogs (5-9-0-1) fell to the Victoriaville Tigres (3-10-0-3) at TD Station on Sunday afternoon. Captain Nicolas Guay and Brady Burns scored in the final frame, but they were unable to get past the five-goal deficit.
The Sea Dogs started the game with speed. Alex Drover got a couple of good chances, still looking for his first goal, but they were unable to get any past the Tigres goaltender.
The momentum shifted when the Sea Dogs took two penalties, and the Victoriaville power play capitalized on both opportunities.
Alex Drover was sent to the box at 8:51 for high sticking. After a failed attempt by the Sea Dogs to clear the zone, Vincent Sévigny caught the puck at the blueline and passed it to Maxime Pellerin. Pellerin sent the puck pass Bouthillier’s shoulder at 7:00.
William Villeneuve went to the box at 5:16 for tripping. The Tigres struck again at 3:42, this time it was a low shot by Vincent Sévigny from the blue line that went in past Bouthillier’s skate.
Shots at the end of the first period were 18-11 for the Tigres.
A crosschecking penalty to Jordan Spadafore at 18:31 gave the Victoriaville power play another chance and they struck quickly. Six seconds into the power play Jérôme Gravel sent the puck five hole. The Sea Dogs called a time out.
The Sea Dogs power play got their first chance at 17:20 on a penalty to Vincent Sévigny for tripping, but it was the Tigres penalty kill that scored. Zackary Riel scored short handed from the blue line at 15:53.
Mikhail Abramov went to the box at 13:37 for tripping.
The Tigres power play remained perfect in the game after a slashing penalty to Jérémie Poirier at 7:44 gave them their fourth chance of the game. Mikhail Abramov picked the top corner with seven minutes remaining in the second period and increased their lead to 5-0.
At 5:54 Jordan Briere and Jordan Spadafore were given matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and an additional slashing penalty was given to Olivier Mathieu, sending the Sea Dogs to the power play.
Shots at the end of the second period were 29-24 for the Tigres.
The Sea Dogs started the third period strong, captain Nicolas Guay tipping in a shot from William Villeneuve and scoring 25 seconds in, breaking the shut out.
Vincent Sévigny was sent off at 13:00 for high sticking.
A scramble in front of the net at 8:33 gave the Sea Dogs their second goal of the game. Brady Burns scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season with a shot from behind the goal line that bounced off a Victoriaville player in front and into the net.
The Dogs pushed hard in the final frame, outshooting the Tigres 16-10, but they couldn’t overcome the Tigres five goal lead.
Shots at the end of the game were 45-34 for the Sea Dogs.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 Vincent Sévigny (1G 2A)
2 Nicolas Guay (1G)
3 Mikhail Abramov (1G 1A)
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The Sea Dogs will return to home ice on Thursday, October 31 at 7pm for a Halloween night game against the Rimouski Oceanic. Tickets are available at the TD Station box office and online.