Joseph’s five-point night leads Sea Dogs over Phoenix
With the Sherbrooke Phoenix making its only visit to Harbour Station this season, the Saint John Sea Dogs were looking to pick up a big two points in front of their home crowd. That is exactly what they did beating the Phoenix 5-2 on the heels of a five-point night for Mathieu Joseph.
The 17-year-old Joseph opened the scoring just eight minutes into the contest finishing off a two-on-one with Samuel Dove-McFalls and putting the puck past Sherbrooke netminder Evan Fitzpatrick for a 1-0 Sea Dogs lead. Adam Bateman also added an assist on the short-handed marker.
Sherbrooke answered at 9:31 as Chase Harwell poked the puck through the five-hole of Sebastien Auger for his third of the season and a power play goal. Carl Neill had the only helper and we had ourselves a tie game.
Fast forward to the second period where the Phoenix grabbed a 2-1 lead. The goal came at 9:37 as Raphael Lafontaine got the puck in the slot and fooled Auger with a spin-o-rama shot. Neill and Tim Weiser notched assists.
Just before the 17 minute mark of the frame, justice was served as Justice Dundas notted it up at two goals apiece with a power play marker, his 19th of the year. Bateman and Joseph got back on the scoresheet with an assist each on the goal.
The home squad struck again, this time it was Bateman blasting a point shot past Fitzpatrick to restore the Sea Dogs lead at 3-2 with under three seconds left in the period. Joseph and Dove-McFalls got the assists to continue their strong efforts.
Joseph gave the Sea Dogs a 4-2 lead 4:35 into the third period on a man advantage for his second of the night and a two-goal lead for his team. Dove-McFalls and Chabot had the helpers.
To top things off, Dove-McFalls hit the empty net with Fitzpatrick on the bench with 19 seconds to play. It was Joseph and Chabot added to their stat line with another assist each.
Auger turned aside 30 shots for his 22nd win of the campaign, while Fitzpatrick stopped 28 in a loss for his team.