Titan Edge Sea Dogs with Late Goal
A three-point performance from Peter Reynolds and a high scoring first period fell short for the Saint John Sea Dogs (15-13-3-1) as they dropped their Friday night matchup to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (20-10-1-1) in their final regular season meeting at TD Station. A high-scoring first period gave way to a back and forth second and third, where the Sea Dogs held a tie until Bennett MacArthur broke through with 5:48 remaining in the game, with what would ultimately be the game winner.
Zachary Emond started for Saint John but was replaced by Noah Patenaude 6:10 into the second period. Jan Bednar got the start for Bathurst. Roster regulars Vladislav Kotkov (lower body) and Cam MacDonald (upper body) did not play and are both day to day
Sea Dogs went on an early power play when Cole Larkin was sent to the box at 1:06 for interference and they made the most of it. After a nice passing play to make space in front of the net, Peter Reynolds slammed home a rebound off a shot from Brady Burns.
The Titan tied it up, Jacob Melanson tipping a shot from David Doucet past Emond at 6:02.
Cole Huckins received a hooking penalty, putting the Sea Dogs power play on the ice again. This time it was William Villeneuve who made no mistake, ripping a shot from the blue line past the Titan netminder to take a 2-1 lead midway through the period.
Josh Lawrence and Jaxon Bellamy sent off at 14:03, Lawrence for slashing and Bellamy for cross-checking, and play went to 4-on-4. Peter Reynolds scored his second of the night, picking up a pass from Nicholas Girouard with speed in front of the net and slid it 5-hole off his backhand giving the Sea Dogs a 3-1 lead.
Three quick goals from the Titan gave Bathurst a 4-3 lead going into the second frame. With 6 seconds left in the 4-on-4 the Titan added one of their own and brought the score within one. A power play goal from Ben Allison two minutes later tied the game and with 32 seconds remaining in the third period the Titan took the lead off a goal from Adam McCormick.
Shots after the first were tied at 14-11 for Bathurst.
David Doucet received a double minor for high sticking and Logan Chisolm joined him in the box 10 seconds later for delay of game giving the Sea Dogs 2 minutes of 5-on-3 power play. The Sea Dogs scored on the 5-on-3 keeping the puck moving to create space and finding the back of the net when Nicholas Girouard tipped a shot from Jérémie Poirier at 9:19.
The Sea Dogs were able to hold the tie and carry it into the final period through two more penalty kills, a too many men call at 11:56 and a tripping call against Christopher Inniss with 3:26 remaining in the period.
Shots after the second were 22-19 for Saint John
The third period was a frantic back and forth affair with shots and hits flying at both ends of the ice. The Titan are the ones that finally broke the tie, Bennett MacArthur with 5:48 remaining in the period. Despite a strong push, the Sea Dogs could not overcome that late game goal, falling 5-4 to the Titan.
Final shots were 30-25 for the Sea Dogs.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 - Peter Reynolds
2 - Bennett MacArthur
3 - William Villeneuve
The Sea Dogs return to action tomorrow, April 17, taking on the Moncton Wildcats for their last regular season game of the year. Fans can use their tickets from February 18 to enter the game or purchase tickets at the TD Station Box Office and online. Can't be there in person? Catch all the action on Sea Dogs Radio Presented by TD on CFBC 930AM.
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Saint John Sea Dogs centre Ryan Francis (right) vs. the Acadie-Bathurst Titan
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