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Sea Dogs' Winning Streak Hits 22 Games With 6-4 Victory Over Titan

December 12, 2009 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Saint John Sea Dogs News Release

BATHURST, NB --- The Saint John Sea Dogs' historic winning streak continued unabated on Saturday night, as the Port City's major junior squad skated into the K.C. Irving Regional Centre and earned a 6-4 victory at the expense of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Saint John has now won 22 straight games, tying them with the 1967-68 Estevan Bruins for the fourth-best run in Canadian Hockey League history.

Michael Kirkpatrick (3), Nick Petersen, Mike Thomas, and Gabriel Bourret all scored for the Sea Dogs in the hard-fought road victory, with Taylor Lambke, Jérémie Blain, Danick Malouin, and Patrick Jones responding for the Titan.

Between the pipes, Karel St-Laurent improved to 10-2 on his sophomore season after turning aside 28 of the 32 shots sent his way by Acadie-Bathurst skaters. At the other end of the ice, Nicholas Champion and Guillaume Nadeau combined to make 39 saves in a losing effort for the Titan.

Saint John got off to an incredible start on Saturday, scoring three times in the opening two minutes of play. Nick Petersen shovelled in his 20th goal of the season at the 0:42 mark of the match, with Michael Kirkpatrick doubling the visitors' lead just 17 seconds later. The veteran centre banged home a rebound produced by a Yann Sauvé slap shot to pick up his tenth of the year

The furious offensive barrage continued on the very next shift, as Sea Dogs Captain Mike Thomas deflected a Kevin Gagné point shot to the back of Acadie-Bathurst's net. Guillaume Nadeau took over goaltending duties for the Titan following Thomas' even-strength marker, as Nicholas Champion departed the game having surrendered three goals on five shots faced.

Acadie-Bathurst cut into their opponents' lead at the 6:09 mark of the first period when Danick Malouin wired a wrist shot past St-Laurent from the right face-off circle. The hosts pulled to within one of Saint John 2:42 later, as Patrick Jones beat St-Laurent from a sharp angle to improve his 2009-10 goals total to three.

The Sea Dogs' defensive special teams unit then went to work, killing off three penalties in the latter half of the opening frame to take a one-goal lead into intermission number one.

Saint John restored their two-goal advantage early in the second period when rookie defenseman Gabriel Bourret ripped a long-range wrist shot past Nadeau to register his second career goal. Nick Petersen came close to further adding to the Sea Dogs' lead a few minutes later, but the overage winger was denied on a breakaway chance by a sprawling right pad save from Nadeau.

Michael Kirkpatrick then struck on the power play to put Saint John up 5-2. The North Sydney, NS native hammered home a booming slap shot from the fringes of the slot to tally his second of the night. Kirkpatrick put the finishing touches on his third career hat trick 5:20 into the third period, burying a cross-ice feed from Jonathan Huberdeau past a reinstated Nicholas Champion to put his team up by four.

The Titan reduced their deficit to two with back-to-back power play goals from Taylor Lambke and Jérémie Blain, but that would be as close as the hosts would get as the Sea Dogs ultimately took the decision by a 6-4 final.

Up next for Saint John is a Sunday afternoon road game versus the Moncton Wildcats. The puck drops at 4pm as the Sea Dogs look to make it 23 in a row against their archrivals.

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