September 20, 2012,
SAINT JOHN – In Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action, the Saint John Sea Dogs won the first game of the 2012-2013 Brunswick News Rivalry Cup over the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 4-2 with 3,094 fans in attendance.
Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals while Stephen MacAulay and Ryan Tesink each had a goal and an assist. Jakub Izacky assist on the game-winning goal for his first point in the QMJHL and Kevin Gagne was given first star honours with two assists and an excellent defensive game for the Sea Dogs. Sebastien Auger made 21 saves on 23 shots in the win.
Alex Saulnier and Patrick Downe replieded for the Wildcats while Alex Dubeau made 31 saves on 35 shots in the loss.
MacAulay had the best chance of the first few minutes, just keeping the puck onside before ringing a blast off the left post, just under four minutes in.
The Sea Dogs went to the power play at 4:33 and a scramble in front of Dubeau halfway through led to a Sea Dogs chance, but Jonathan Racine played goaltender in behind the pile of players to keep the puck out.
Huberdeau scored a highlight reel goal, cutting in two-on-one with MacAulay after a steal at the Moncton blue line, kept the puck, and executed a textbook toe drag to score the goal under Dubeau’s glove, making it 1-0 at 9:29. Gagne made the pass to send Huberdeau into the zone for the other assist.
Huberdeau didn’t wait long to get back onto the scoreboard. At 15:08, the Sea Dogs found themselves on the power play. Huberdeau took a pass from Gagne and wired a shot under the left pad of Dubeau for his second of the night. Tesink grabbed the other assist on the play.
The Sea Dogs outshot the Wildcats 14-9 in the first to finished the period up by a score of 2-0.
Benjamin Hade made his mark on the game pasting the big Russian forward Dmitri Jaskin into the sideboards early in the second.
The Wildcats found their way on the scoresheet with a goal from Saulnier at 10:58 of the middle frame.
Moncton tied the game up on the power play at 13:59 on a goal from Downe.
Dubeau robbed Huberdeau of the hat trick on the Sea Dogs power play late in the second, sticking out the left pad on a cross-crease feed from MacAulay.
The Sea Dogs started the third period on the power play and turned on the offense in a hurry. A flurry of chances in the first 43 seconds led to two near Sea Dogs goals. Dubeau, was down and out, but his defenders came to his rescue and clogged the slot.
MacAulay restored the Sea Dog lead at 7: 19 of the final frame on the power play. Seed centred the puck to MacAulay who slid it past Dubeau for his second of the year. Izacky fed the puck to Jason Seed, who set up the scoring play. The assist was Izacky’s first point in the QMJHL.
Tesink put the game away with an empty net goal at 19:37. Oliver Cooper added the assist to put Tesink in the clear.
The Sea Dogs are back in action Saturday at Harbour Station for Third Jersey Night against the Gatineau Olympiques. It’s also Saint John SPCA/Animal Resue League night. Fans are encouraged to support the cause by brining in donations of cat and dog food, accessories and toys. Game time is 7 PM. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Harbour Station box office, www.tickets.harbourstation.ca and by calling 657-1234.