Sea Dogs treat sellout crowd to win over Islanders
Mathieu Joseph had a goal and three assists and Callum Booth made 27 stops to lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 5-1 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders before a sellout crowd of 6,187 fans Friday at Harbour Station.
Spencer Smallman contributed a pair of goals for Saint John (45-13-5-1) while Julien Gauthier added a goal and an assist. Samuel Dove-McFalls also scored in the team’s sixth straight win.
Alex Dostie scored the lone goal for Charlottetown (44-17-3-0), which saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring nearly three-and-a-half minutes into the game when Joseph buried the rebound of a Thomas Chabot slap shot from inside the left circle.
Dove-McFalls doubled the lead with a shorthanded goal four minutes later.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect stole the puck on the left side of the neutral zone and raced down the wing on a 2-on-1. He fed the puck to Joseph in the slot, got a return pass on the left side of the crease and snapped the puck along the ice, past a helpless Matthew Welsh.
Charlottetown’s best chance of the period came with about eight minutes to go.
Daniel Sprong created a 2-on-1 and carried the puck up the left wing. He cut into the middle and rifled a quick wrist shot that Callum Booth stopped and smothered.
Charlottetown enjoyed four power play chances in the second period but could not score.
Smallman made it a 3-0 game with a power play goal three minutes into the third period.
The Sea Dog captain set up in the middle of the slot and Matthew Highmore found him with a pass. Smallman snapped a quick shot past Welsh’s glove.
The Islanders got their only goal halfway through the period when Saint John-native Will Bower sprung Dostie with a breakaway pass. The Anaheim Ducks’ prospect raced in and beat Booth with a wrister to the glove side.
But the Sea Dogs power play continued to click thanks to back-to-back high-sticking penalties to Charlottetown.
Gauthier’s goal came on a two-man advantage with seven minutes left.
Joseph fed a backdoor pass from the right circle to the left side, just in front of the goal line, where Gauthier whipped a wrist shot under the crossbar to make it 4-1.
On the ensuing 5-on-4, Smallman wrapped up the scoring by jamming home the rebound of a Gauthier shot from the right circle.
Booth earned the win with 27 saves and was named third star. Welsh stopped 28 shots in a losing cause.
Joseph’s four points made him first star. Dove-McFalls snared second star with his shorthanded goal.
Saint John’s next game is Saturday, March 11th, at 7 p.m. against the Halifax Mooseheads at Harbour Station. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, with partner giveaways and a guaranteed 50/50 jackpot of $10,000.
This game is officially sold out. Fans are advised to arrive at Harbour Station early to avoid long lineups.
Written by Tim Roszell