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Friday, December 3, 2010

MAINEiacs get pounded in Saint John by Sea Dogs 6 - 1

The Saint John Sea Dogs have been at the top of the standings for most of the 2010-11 season, and offense has been the major reason for that. On Friday night, the Sea Dogs used six different goal scorers to defeat the Lewiston MAINEiacs 6-2 in front of 3,732 fans at Harbour Station. With the win, Saint John is now 14-0-0-1 on home ice.

The Sea Dogs controlled the play in the first period, outshooting Lewiston 20-4. However, the MAINEiacs stayed right with Saint John, playing to a 1-1 draw after twenty minutes of play. The visitors started the scoring at the 6:35 mark, when Francis Beauvillier laid a hit behind the net, before centering a pass to Cole Hawes, who beat Frederic Piche glove side. Just under four minutes later, the Sea Dogs evened things up, as Jonathan Huberdeau tapped in a feed on the right side of the crease. Ryan Tesink and Zack Phillips picked up the assists.

In the second period, the MAINEiacs took the shots advantage 15-10, but it was the Sea Dogs who made their shots count. A little more than two minutes in, Saint John got Lewiston running around in their own zone, thanks to a broken stick. A crisp pass from Steven Anthony to Danick Gauthier set up a one-timer, which Gauthier drilled into the back of the cage. Then, with less than four minutes to go, Michael Kirkpatrick cut toward the middle, before launching a slap shot just inside of the left post and the crossbar.

Saint John added to their lead in the third period, as Tomas Jurco finished off a cross-crease pass from Michael Kirkpatrick at the 2:16 mark of the final stanza. Just over six minutes later, Simon Despres made it 5-1, as he scored with a wrist shot from the slot. Lewiston's Jess Tanguy and the Sea Dogs' Mike Thomas exchanged tallies with less than seven minutes to go, producing the 6-2 final. Tanguy's 13th of the season was assisted by Christophe Lalonde.

Frederic Piche picked up the win for the Sea Dogs, making 28 saves on 30 shots. Nicholas Champion suffered the loss for the MAINEiacs, allowing six goals on 40 shots.

The MAINEiacs will return home on Sunday to begin a four-game homestand against the Montreal Junior at 4:00.


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