Sea Dogs pick up second consecutive win over Wildcats
The Brunswick News Rivalry Cup continued with another chapter on Sunday afternoon between the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Moncton Wildcats. With both sides coming off wins over the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Moncton winning 9-3 last night and the Sea Dogs getting a 5-2 victory on Friday evening, the two met at Harbour Station in a battle of the Maritimes Division’s top two teams. In the end, a last second empty net goal iced it as the home side picked up a 3-1 victory and an important two points in the standings.
Moncton got things started just past the midway point when Conor Garland found Jacob Sweeney out front and he banged the puck through the five-hole of Sébastien Auger. Ivan Barbashev also got an assist.
With just 18.2 seconds on the clock for the opening period, Nathan Noel won a faceoff back to Adam Marsh at the top of the circle in the offensive zone. Marsh took no time and beat Alex Dubeau with a snipe to knot the game up at one.
In the second period, a Daniel Del Paggio shot was stopped by Dubeau but the rebound went right to Juraj Siska who banged home his seventh of the season to give the home side a 2-1 lead. Luke Green also added a helper.
The third period saw no scoring until the final seconds when Thomas Chabot gathered the puck in his own zone, with the Wildcats net empty, and fired it all the way down into the open cage to account for the 3-1 final score. The goal was unassisted.