Oceanic explodes for big road win in Saint John


Despite a storm in the local area, the Saint John Sea Dogs welcomed the Rimouski Oceanic to town for a mid-week tilt. A huge second period propelled the visitors to a 6-2 victory as they began there Maritime road trip on a good note.

Francois Beauchemin opened the scoring for the Oceanic as he put a quick wrister past Auger at 5:09 of the opening frame. Christopher Clapperton had the lone assist.

With 11:25 left in the period, Bailey Websters point shot squeezed through the pads of Desrosiers and trickled in to tie the game at one apiece. Justice Dundas picked up the only helper.

The visiting Oceanic regained a 2-1 lead as Michael Joly potted his 15th of the year, a short-handed goal, at 15:28. The play was reviewed as Auger got plowed over by a Rimouski player but it was called a goal and they took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room.

Five minutes into the second period, Anthony DeLuca netted his team leading 29th to push the lead to 3-1. Jan Kostalek and team leader in points Alexis Loiseau notched helpers.

An explosive period continued as Beauchemin put his second of the contest in the back of the Saint John net to make it 4-1 for the visitors. The goal was unassisted and short-handed.

Samuel Laberge jumped in on the scoring parade just over a minute later putting his 14th of the year past Auger and the lead was 5-1. DeLuca and 2015 World Junior golf medalist, Samuel Morin had the assists.

Rimouski wasn’t done yet though as Loiseau added his 29th of the season and made it a large 6-1 lead, with helpers going to Kostalek and Guillaume McSween.

With less than a minute to go in what was a bad period for the home side, Adam Bateman scored an unassisted goal from the point to bring the Sea Dogs within four goals.

That is as close as it would get, with no scoring in the third period, the Sea Dogs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Oceanic on a snowy Wednesday night, at Harbour Station.