April 22, 2012
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs extended their semifinal series lead to a pair of games over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens with a 5-2 victory in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Sunday, sending 5629 fans home happy.
Stanislav Galiev had two goals, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist and Kevin Gagne notched two assists for the Sea Dogs. Ryan Tesink and Aidan Kelly added singles for Saint John while Mathieu Corbeil made 27 saves in the victory, the Dogs 10th straight 2012 post season win.
Mathieu Gagnon and Christian Ouellet replied for the Sagueneens while Christopher Gibson made 27 saves in the loss.
Gibson had to stand tall less than a minute into the game, as he made his first save on a 2-on-1 chance by Zack Phillips and Charlie Coyle.
Kelly opened the scoring from the slot at 2:33 of the first period with a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Gibson. Stephen MacAulay and Charles Roussel had the assists on the play.
The Sea Dogs continued to pour on the offense early as Galiev took a pass from Gauthier on his skate, kicked it to his stick and slid it past a sprawling Gibson at 4:46. Gagne had the other helper on the 2-0 goal.
Corbeil kept the goose egg on the board with two spectacular pad saves on the penalty kill near the 7:30 mark and followed that up with another flurry of saves with just under five minutes remaining.
The Sea Dogs opened the second period in a hurry as well. Forcing a turnover at the Sagueneens blueline, Huberdeau found Tesink all alone. Tesink cut in, deked Gibson and slid it five-hole for a 3-0 lead.
Gagnon got the Sagueneens on the board at 9:33 of the second. Les than 30 seconds later, Corbeil stood tall against a flurry of in-close chances by the Sagueneens to conserve the two-goal lead.
Huberdeau restored the three-goal lead with his eighth post season marker at 14:29, on a beautiful, shorthanded give and go with Coyle. Huberdeau cut into the zone, took the pass from Coyle to spring in alone, deked and finished the backhand through Gibson’s legs. Gagne tallied his second assist on the play.
Ouellet brought the Sagueneens within two at 5:31 of the final frame.
Galiev potted his second of the game and 10th of the playoffs at 15:16 of the third to make it 5-2 in favour of Saint John. Nathan Beaulieu made the play to send Galiev in along the left wing. Galiev made no mistake with a laser from the left wing faceoff dot
The Sea Dogs continue their playoff trek with Game 3 going Tuesday in Chicoutimi at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 p.m. Atlantic. Fans can catch all of the away action on the TELUS QMJHL webcast (click HERE for information) or listen in with Tim Roszell who has the calll on News 88.9 FM.