September 20, 2012,
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan by a score of 3-1 at Harbour Station in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Thursday. The 4,193 fans were treated to a pre-game ceremony for the raising of the 2012 President Cup banner.
Stephen MacAulay scored the lone marker for the Sea Dogs while Sebastien Auger made 26 saves on 29 shots.
Robert Davis, Brandon Hynes and Raphael Lafontaine scored in the win for the Titan while Jacob Brennan made 26 saves on 27 shots.
The fans at Harbour Station enjoyed a special pre-game ceremony in honour of the Sea Dogs’ 2012 President Cup win watching the banner being raised to the rafters with the President Cup at centre ice.
After exchanging power play opportunities in the first, the teams remained scoreless, despite excellent chances on both sides. Auger made a fantastic save to start things off, deflecting a sure goal by the tip of his stick to rob the Titan.
However, after a chance for the Sea Dogs, the Titan struck first. Davis opened the scoring at 12:31 of the first.
Huberdeau and MacAulay cut in two on one after a pinching Titan defender was caught against the boards. MacAulay’s initial shot went wide, but Huberdeau picked up the rebound and tried to bank it in off the goaltender Brennan.
The first period ended with the Sea Dogs trailing by one goal, outshooting the Titan 13-6.
MacAulay put the Sea Dogs on the board less than two minutes into the middle frame on an early Saint John power-play. Kevin Gagne and Jonathan Huberdeau played some give-and-go before Huberdeau threw a pass out front that was deflected right to MacAulay, who slid it through Brennan’s legs at 1:43.
The tie game was broken at 4:07 by Lafontaine to give the Titan a 2-1 lead on the power play.
The Sea Dogs had several quality chances but Brennan stood tall.
The Titan extended their lead at 15:47 with their second power play goal.
The Sea Dogs nearly got lucky on a dump-in when the puck redirected off a Titan defenceman and headed for the net. Brennan made a last-ditch leg effort to poke the puck wide and keep the Dogs in the hunt for a goal.
Despite a late push by the Sea Dogs offence, the final score ended up 3-1 for the Titan.
While not appearing on the scoresheet, the Sea Dogs rookies certainly made an impact. Stephen Anderson was awarded the Dickies Hardest Worker award after drawing a penalty and being involved on plenty of offensive plays. Olivier LeBlanc was named second star after a superb effort on the blueline.
The Sea Dogs are back in action tomorrow at 7:30 PM in the second game of the home-and-home against Bathurst. Sea Dog fans can catch all the action by tuning into Tim Roszell’s live broadcast on News 88.9FM or by watching on the TELUS live webcast HERE (Additional charges may apply).
The Sea Dogs return to Harbour Station to take on the Moncton Wildcats Wednesday night at 7 PM. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Harbour Station box office, www.tickets.harbourstation.com and by calling 657-1234.