Burns' Hat Trick the Difference in 5-2 Win over Volts
With the powerplay clicking and a standout performance in net, the Sea Dogs claimed the two points on the first night of a back-to-back. Saint John (14-16-1-0) used three powerplay goals to defeat the Drummondville Voltigeurs (18-12-0-0) 5-2 on Saturday night at the Centre Marcel Dionne.
Noah Patenaude had the start for Saint John, his third straight, and Tommy DaSilva served as the backup for the second night in a row. Zachary Bouthillier has been listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.
An opportunistic Sea Dogs team took advantage of only four shots in the first period to come away with two goals and take the lead into intermission.
Saint John came into the game with the league's fifth ranked powerplay and they went to work early. Brady Burns opened the scoring on the man advantage at 6:51 of the first. It was Burns' sixteenth goal of the season, with assists coming from Nicolas Guay and Maxim Cajkovic.
Special teams continued to power the Sea Dogs as they killed off a two-minute hooking minor to James White through the middle of the frame. Noah Patenaude was a key member of the PK, robbing projected NHL First-Round pick Dawson Mercer on the doorstep.
Not to be outdone, Patenaude continued his stellar first period with back-to-back breakaway saves on Mercer, and then on Nicholas Girouard moments later, keeping momentum in Saint John's favour.
Before the period could came to a close, Nicholas Deakin-Poot took a nice feed from Guay and doubled the Sea Dogs' lead with a sensational shot, over the right shoulder of Volts goaltender Anthony Morrone to take the visitors into the locker room up 2-0.
In a break in the action in the first period, Drummondville honoured former Captain and current Sea Dogs Captain Nicolas Guay with a video tribute.
The second period began with fireworks, as Voltiguers Captain Xavier Simoneau was given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for slew-footing Jérémie Poirier, Poirier remained in the game. On the ensuing powerplay Saint John scored not once, but twice, both at the hands of Brady Burns, completing his hat-trick for the evening halfway through the game. Assists on Burns' goals went to Jérémie Poirier, Nicolas Guay, Josh Lawrence, and Maxim Cajkovic.
The remainder of the period was a tightly contested battle with tensions flaring at each whistle. After a few timely saves from Noah Patenaude, the next whistle produced 17 penalty minutes, with Sea Dogs forward Julian Vander Voet given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for checking to the head. On an extended powerplay of their own, the Voltigeurs managed to get one back, with a wrist-shot from the slot by Jacob Dion beating Patenaude glove side. The period concluded with the visitors leading 4-1 and withstanding waves of pressure to close out the second.
Less than four minutes into the third period, the Sea Dogs were faced with a 5-on-3 penalty kill as Kale McCallum and Jérémie Poirier were sent to the box. After a successful PK, Drummondville managed to inch closer when Isiah Campbell found the back of the net off a faceoff set play.
That was as close as the hosts would get, when with under a minute remaining and the Drummondville net empty, Patenaude denied the Volts from the slot, which led to the captain Nic Guay burying the empty netter from centre ice for his fourth point of the night. The 3rd period was a full display of grit as Jeff Cowan's team found a way to stifle Drummondville's explosive offense and take home the two points.
Shots were 42-20 for Drummondville to end the game.
Full Stats & Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 - Brady Burns (3G 0A)
2 - Noah Patenaude (40 Saves)
3 - Nicolas Guay (1G 3A)
Saint John will take on the Top Team in the CHL, the Sherbrooke Phoenix, at 8:00pm on Saturday night. This will be the second meeting between the two clubs. The first meeting was a 4-1 victory by the Phoenix at TD Station.
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