Saint John made it two in a row on Saturday night downing the rival Moncton Wildcats 4-3. The Port City team is now 2-0-0-0 to start the 2019-20 campaign. The Sea Dogs young 17-year-old core was on full display combining for six points on the night. Rookie Joshua Roy was the hero notching the eventual game winner, his first goal in the QMJHL.
It’s a new season, but bad blood still runs deep between these two New Brunswick rivals. Nicholas Deakin-Poot and Sean Stewart dropped the gloves at 10:16 of the first in a heavyweight tilt.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 14:11 of the first period. A point blast had Bouthillier sprawling and Alexandre Parent was there on the doorstep to slip a rebound just inside the post for the 1-0 Moncton lead.
In the last minute of play in the first James White laid a heavy hit at center ice and received a checking to the head major penalty along with a game misconduct.
Moncton took the lead and a 10-6 shot advantage into the second period.
Just over a minute into the second it was William Villeneuve with the unassisted short handed goal to tie the game at one a piece. Villeneuve came down the right side and fired a low shot off a Wildcat defender that fooled Lavallee.
Four minutes later Josh Lawrence scored his first of the season to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead. Dawson Stairs and Jeremie Poirier had the assists on the play.
Moncton tied the game at 16:09 on a doorstep one-timer from Mika Cyr. Two minutes later Captain Nicolas Guay scored his first as a Sea Dog on a slick feed from the point from Finnish defender Joona Lehmus. 3-2 Saint John as they headed to the third.
After Jacob Hudson was called for tripping at 2:39, Saint John capitalized with their first power play goal of the season. Jeremie Poirier wired a shot from the point and Joshua Roy batted the puck out of the air and in for an impressive first goal in the QMJHL and a 4-2 Sea Dogs lead. Roy was selected first overall by the Sea Dogs in the 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Moncton would add another on the power play at 12:39 to cut the lead to one. Lavallee was pulled for the extra attacker in the dying minutes of the third but the Wildcats could only manage one shot.
Zachary Bouthillier was solid down the stretch finishing with 32 saves on the night. Saint John completed the Home Opener Weekend sweep, 4-3 the final.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Nicolas Guay (1G)
2 – Jeremie Poirier (2A)
3 – Mika Cyr (1G, 1A)
Saint John will have a few days of rest before hitting the road to take on the Cape Breton Eagles next Saturday night.