Callum Booth kicked out 24 shots and Samuel Dove-McFalls recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-1 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Tuesday at Harbour Station.
Spencer Smallman and Simon Bourque also scored for Saint John (44-13-5-1), which have won five straight games and are unbeaten in regulation time in eleven contests.
Vladimir Kuznetsov had the lone goal for Acadie-Bathurst (36-21-4-2), which had been unbeaten in regulation time in its previous ten games.
Booth was tested early in the Sea Dog goal.
About five minutes in, Titan forward Antoine Morand was sprung for a short breakaway. The draft-eligible forward deked to his backhand and tried to slip a low shot into the net, but Booth reached back with his glove to deny the opportunity.
Saint John got the only goal of the first period about four minutes later.
Smallman knocked down an Acadie-Bathurst defenceman behind the net, and then went to the front of the goal and received a pass from the left corner. The captain deked and snapped a wrister past the glove of Anthony Dumont-Bouchard.
Kuznetsov tied the game two minutes into the second, redirecting a pass from Christophe Boivin past Booth’s blocker.
Dove-McFalls restored the Saint John lead with about seven minutes to go in the period.
The Montreal-native negated an icing call by winning a race to a loose puck in the left corner. He stepped out from behind the goal line and rifled a low shot that Dumont-Bouchard stopped, but Titan defenceman Luc Deschenes slid into the crease and knocked the puck into his own net to make it a 2-1 game.
Bourque’s goal came on the power play in the final minute of the second.
Joe Veleno grabbed the puck along the boards in the right corner and chipped it behind the goal line to Dove-McFalls. He saw Bourque charging the net from the blueline and the Montreal Canadiens’ prospect snapped a quick one-timer past Dumont-Bouchard’s blocker.
There was no scoring in the third period despite the Sea Dogs firing 18 shots at the Titan goaltender.
Booth was named first star in the win while Dumont-Bouchard made 38 saves in a third-star performance.
Dove-McFalls’ two-point game made him second star in front of 4,360 fans in attendance.
Saint John’s next game is Friday, March 10th, at 7 p.m. against the Charlottetown Islanders at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office, or fans can save money and buy online.
Fans with flex vouchers are reminded to redeem them for one or both of the team’s final two regular season home games. Flex vouchers are not valid for the playoffs.
Written by Tim Roszell