November 5, 2013 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Saint John Sea Dogs
SAINT JOHN - Jacob Brennan made 29 saves and assisted on the only goal of the game to lead the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to a 1-0 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday at Harbour Station.
It's the second time the Sea Dogs (6-12-0-2) have been shut out this season.
Aaron Kerr got the only goal of the game for the Titan (7-11-1-1), which snapped a four-game losing skid.
The Titan set the tone on the opening shift with a quick forecheck.
Captain Raphael Lafontaine darted out of the left wing corner and got a brief chance alone against Sebastien Auger, but the Sea Dogs' netminder swallowed Lafontaine's wrister in his lower abdomen.
Kerr's goal came on a power play with just under five minutes left in the first period.
The 17-year-old Timmins, Ontario, native drove wide to the right wing, cut to the net and chipped a shot short side, past Auger's glove to make it 1-0 for the Titan.
The Sea Dogs would get a power play of their own just over a minute later, but it was a costly one.
Forward Spencer Smallman sped toward the right wing corner of the Titan zone to chase a loose puck, but was pushed into the backboards by Acadie-Bathurst rookie Gabriel Gosselin before reaching the disk.
Smallman went into the boards heavily, and needed attention from Sea Dogs' therapist J.P. Laciak before skating off to the dressing room under his own power. He did not return.
Gosselin was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.
The Sea Dogs trailed 1-0 after one period.
Auger was solid about five-minutes into the middle frame when a long shot from the point was tipped in front, and the 19-year-old stopper kicked out his left foot to keep it out.
Saint John forward Nathan Noel showed off his speed four minutes later, rushing in on the right wing and then shifting into the middle, sending a backhand shot off Brennan and over the Titan net.
Late in the second Titan forward Alexandros Soumakis had a partial breakaway on the left wing side and blasted a shot that Auger trapped against his body with his left arm.
Brennan starred in the third period.
Just a minute in, with Saint John shorthanded, Stephen Anderson sprung free on the right wing, firing a shot that Brennan, a native of Halifax, denied with his pads. Brennan also stopped a spinning Noah Zilbert on the rebound.
Anderson led a 2-on-1 with Oliver Cooper about six minutes later. His pass from the right side deflected into the air off the lone Titan defender, and Anderson batted it into Brennan's left arm and body.
Saint John pulled Auger with a minute to go, and ended up with a 6-on-4 advantage when Titan blueilner Guillaume Brisebois took a penalty for delay of game. But the Sea Dogs could not find the equalizer, and fell to Acadie-Bathurst for the second time this season.
Auger was named first star with 44 saves in front of 2,467 fans in attendance. Brennan snagged second star honours with a 29-save shutout, his first of the season and fourth of his career.
The Sea Dogs' next game is Thursday, November 7th, against the Wildcats at the Moncton Coliseum. It's the fourth game of the Brunswick News Rivalry Cup, with Moncton holding a 2-1 series lead. Listen LIVE on News88.9 FM. Watch LIVE on TELUS (fee applies).
Saint John's next home game is Friday, November 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Harbour Station. It will be the fourth game of the MOvember Challenge. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office, online at tickets.harbourstation.ca, or by calling 657-1234.