FINAL: Saint John 1, Moncton 7
By Tim Lumsden
The Sea Dogs ventured out into the snow to take on the Moncton Wildcats in their own rink on Wednesday night. This was a rescheduled game, the original game being cancelled due to a severe snowstorm at the end of 2012.
Once again, Sebastien Auger stepped into net for Saint John while Alex Dubeau took the net for Moncton.
Saint John started off with a penalty at 1:35 as Steven Duda was sent off for hooking. This penalty opened the way for Moncton to score their first goal at 2:23 as Jonathan Racine shot one past Auger.
Matthew Highmore was handed a high sticking penalty at 7:10. Moncton once again went on the attack, but this time however they could not turn their advantage into points on the board.
Moncton’s first penalty came from Alex Saulnier as he was called for interference at 10:30. Saint John went on the power play, but the team couldn’t pull it together to tie the game.
Sea Dog newcomer Brett Malone was the next skater to the box, this time for hooking at 12:54. This time, Moncton snagged their next point thanks to Phillip Danault. His goal put the Wildcats up 2-0.
Matthew Highmore closed the gap 2-1 as he scored on Dubeau with a nice assist from Marcus Cuomo at 16:08. Just moment later, Ivan Barbashev of the Wildcats, returned Moncton’s two point lead with his goal at 16:29.
Jonathan Racine took the last penalty of the first period at 19:18 as he was directed to the box as a result of a rogue high stick. The period ended 3-1 in favour of Moncton. The Wildcats also dominated the shots on goal total of 21-11.
Dmitrij Jaskin kicked off the scoring at 4:34. His goal lifted Moncton to 4-1. Ivan Barbashev’s goal just a few minutes later at 7:23 would continue the flood of pucks being set towards Sebastien Auger. Barbashev brought the score 5-1.
Yannick Veilleux sent one through Auger’s defenses at 12:08 making it 6-1 for Moncton just over the halfway point of the game. Things were not looking good for the visiting Sea Dogs.
Ian Saab returned Saint John to the penalty kill as he was sent off for hooking at 14:19. Moncton jumped on the chance to score again on Saint John. Dmitrij Jaskin slipped one by Auger to make the score 7-1.
Saint John only had five shots in total on goal in the second period. In comparison, Moncton had 21 shots on goal.
Steven Duda headed back to the penalty box for slashing. This penalty came at 5:08.
The next Dog to the box was Jason Cameron at 9:41 as he was called for interference.
Saint John was handed a chance to score as Alex Saulnier was sent off for cross checking at 11:10, but unfortunately they were unable to turn the advantage into a goal.
The Wildcats suffered another penalty as Jonthan Racine took two minutes for boarding at 16:33.
When the dust had settled, The Sea Dogs would leave Moncton without the win. Final score was 7-1 with total shots on goal being 48-24 for Moncton for both.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: Saint John returns to Harbour Station on Saturday where they will take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.