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Sea Dogs Fall to League Leading Phoenix

December 7, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Saint John Sea Dogs News Release

The Saint John Sea Dogs (14-17-1-0) finished out their three-game road trip with an impressive effort that ultimately fell short against the top ranked team in the CHL, the Sherbrooke Phoenix (24-4-2-0), who remain undefeated at home this season. Saint John produced plenty of offensive chances to the very end, including a late push in the third period, but couldn't overcome the 6-1 deficit from the first two periods, losing 7-3 on Saturday night in Sherbrooke.

Tommy DaSilva started in net but was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Noah Patenaude was serving as backup after starting three straight games went in as relief after the fourth Sherbrooke goal, stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced. Zachary Bouthillier is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Sherbrooke dominated the offensive play early and opened the scoring quickly. Patrick Guay, the younger brother of Sea Dogs captain Nicolas Guay, scored on a 2-on-1, receiving a cross-ice pass from Félix Robert at 3:46. They scored again less than three minutes later, when Julien Anctil shot one from the faceoff dot that hit the bar and went in at 6:12.

A great attempt by Josh Lawrence, who out deked the Sherbrooke goaltender Thomas Sigouin and forced him out of position, gave the Sea Dogs their second shot of the game. He hit the post, but this effort marked the start of a pushback by the Dogs.

Brady Burns built on that momentum, scoring at 13:08. Burns picked up the rebound in front of the net, spun around, and sent the puck past Thomas Sigouin on his backhand, scoring his nineteenth goal of the season.

The momentum was cut short after Nicholas Deakin-Poot left the ice after contact with a Sherbrooke player behind the net left him bleeding from the face, leaving the Sea Dogs with ten forwards for the rest of the game.

Sherbrooke forward Taro Jentzsch scored with a shot that hit Tommy DaSilva and bounced over his shoulder at 15:08.

Shots after the first period were 14-9 for Sherbrooke.

The first penalty of the game was called ten seconds into the second period, when Olivier Crête-Belzile hooked Ben Badalamenti as he tried to make his way to the net.

Sherbrooke's Benjamin Tardif made the lead 4-1 shortly after the penalty was over with a glove side wrist shot from the slot right in front of the net. Tommy DaSilva was pulled, and Noah Patenaude replaced him in net.

Dawson Stairs received a kneeing penalty at 11:09, sending Sherbrooke's power play, the second-best in the league, onto the ice for the first time of the game. Bailey Peach scored in the dying seconds of the man advantage with a quick shot from in front of the net at 13:09.

Nathael Roy added to the lead only 30 seconds later with a breakaway goal, beating Olivier Desroches in a foot race and sending it past Noah Patenaude.

A roughing penalty was given to Matt Gould at 17:55 after a scrum in front of the Sherbrooke net and the Sherbrooke power play was given another chance. They had lots of shots, but this time, the Sea Dogs were able to kill the penalty.

With nine seconds remaining in the period, Nathael Roy received a roughing penalty. The play went to 4-on-4 for three seconds.

Shots at the end of the second were 29-19 for the Phoenix.

At 3:30 in the third period, the Sea Dogs received another power play opportunity when Patrick Guay was sent to the box for slashing.

The Sea Dogs showed their refusal to back down with two quick goals. Joshua Roy took advantage of a clearing attempt, intercepting the puck at the blue line, carrying it back into the Phoenix zone and tucking it past the Sherbrooke goaltender at 11:48. Nicolas Guay built on that goal, scoring only 39 seconds later after a scramble in front of the net that left Thomas Sigouin out of position.

This momentum was cut short when the Sea Dogs were forced to kill a penalty after Jordan Spadafore was called for holding at 13:59.

The Sea Dogs pulled Noah Patenaude in an attempt to score three goals to tie up the game, but after a pass was intercepted in the Sherbrooke zone, Taro Jentzsch scored on the empty net, putting the final nail in the coffin at 18:11.

Shots at the end of the game were 39-30 for the Phoenix.

Full Stats and Highlights

Alpine 3 Stars

1 - Félix Robert (3A)

2 - Patrick Guay (1G 1A)

3 - Nathael Roy (1G)

The Sea Dogs return home to take on their rivals the Moncton Wildcats at TD Station on Wednesday December 11th at 7PM. The two teams have met twice so far this season, with one win each. Tickets are available at the TD Station box office and online.

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