Sea Dogs Thump Olympiques 8-4
Fifteen different Sea Dogs found the score sheet as Saint John (13-16-1-0) defeated the Gatineau Olympiques (7-18-3-0) 8-4 on Wednesday night at the Centre Robert-Guertin. Jeff Cowan earned his first win as interim Head Coach of the Sea Dogs.
Noah Patenaude had the start for Saint John, his second straight. Zachary Bouthillier had the night off and Tommy DaSilva was called up to fill in for the back-up role.
It was a shaky start for Patenaude who was tested early. Keiran Craig scored for the Olympiques just one minute into the game on Gatineau's first shot. A minute later and the Piques doubled the lead on a goal from William Dagenais.
The Sea Dogs regrouped and were awarded a power play after Kieran Craig was called for tripping at 5:11. Josh Lawrence scored his 5th of the year, from the slot on a feed from Guay and Burns. 2-1 Gatineau.
Saint John returned to the power play when Pier-Olivier Roy was called for tripping at 8:59. With seconds remaining in the power play, William Villeneuve kept the puck in at the line and carried to the near corner letting a shot go and Dawson Stairs was on the doorstep to backhand home the rebound and tie the game 2-2.
The tie was short lived as Pier-Olivier Roy took the lead back for the Olympiques at 13:43 on a 2-on-1 passing play from Braeden Virtue.
The back-and-forth continued after the teams were called for penalties leading to 39 seconds of 4-on-4. With the extra ice, Nicolas Guay had plenty of room out front to slip a Maxim Cajkovic rebound through the legs of Rémi Poirier and again tie the game, this time 3-3.
The goals came fast and furious for Saint John in the second period.
At 6:11 Jérémie Poirier found a seam from the top of the circle to give Saint John their first lead of the game. Gatineau called Creed Jones in to relieve Rémi Poirier.
Joona Lehmus coughed up the puck coming out of the Sea Dogs end and was forced to trip Charles-Antoine Roy as he closed in on Patenaude, forcing a penalty shot.
Roy opted to go glove side with a snap shot but Patenaude read the play and made the save to keep the Sea Dogs in front.
At the 12 minute mark of the period Kale McCallum worked in over the Gatineau blue line and deked a defender before letting a shot go wide. Lehmus was able to keep the puck in at the far side and find McCallum out front, McCallum roofed a backhander for his first QMJHL goal and a 5-3 Sea Dogs lead.
23 seconds later Alex Drover took a pass from Jordan Spadafore and worked down the middle letting a snapshot go over the glove of Creed Jones to put Saint John up 6-3.
In the dying minutes of the frame Matt Gould added another to pad the lead to 7-3.
Gatineau managed to claw back a goal early in the third from Charles-Antoine Roy to cut the lead to three.
The Olympiques pulled Jones with plenty of time left on the clock and it was Maxim Cajkovic letting a blast go from near center ice to seal the game, 8-4 the final.
Noah Patenaude finished with 22 saves for a second straight win, the rookie's third win this season.
Fellow rookie Joshua Roy had an impressive game registering three assists and finishing +3.
The win vaulted Saint John past Quebec in the Eastern Conference standings.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 - Nicolas Guay (1G 1A)
2 - Dawson Stairs (1G 1A)
3 - Charlie DesRoches (2A)
Saint John will head to Drummondville to take on the Voltigeurs at 830pm on Friday night. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the Sea Dogs acquired Nicolas Guay from the Volts in the off-season. Listen to the game at
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