Sea Dogs blowout Islanders at home

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The Saint John Sea Dogs blitzed Mason McDonald and the Charlottetown Islanders for five goals on 22 shots in the middle period en route to a 7-3 win at Harbour Station on Friday night, Feb. 27.

After falling to the Islanders 4-2 just last week despite peppering McDonald with 52 shots, the Sea Dogs were out to get a different result against the team from Prince Edward Island–and they did just that, sending a message in the process.

The game was scoreless until seven minutes into the second period.

Daniel Del Paggio banged a rebound through McDonald’s five-hole off a shot from Mathieu Joseph. Samuel Dove-McFalls also got an assisted and Saint John grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes after that, Nathan Noel won an offensive zone faceoff to Mark Tremaine and he buried it into the back of the Islanders net to make it 2-0 Sea Dogs. The goal pushed Tremaine’s season total to nine.

Ross Johnston quickly struck back for Charlottetown as he redirected a point shot past Auger at 9:29. Kameron Kielly and Oliver Cooper assisted on his 10th of the season.

After a goal was reviewed and waved off due to offside, Mathieu Joseph exited the box and finished off a two-on-one with Tremaine to make it 3-1 at 14:45 of the second frame.

The scoring continued before the end of the period as Adam Marsh came up with the puck after a scramble in the crease and fired it past McDonald to make it 4-1 with less than four minutes to play.

Spencer Smallman was next in the scoring parade making it 5-1 late in the second period with his 23rd of the campaign. Assists were credited to Nathan Noel and Jakub Zboril.

The goal sent McDonald to the bench, as Daryl MacCalum took the reigns, surrendering two goals on 12 shots in one period of relief.

In the third period, Justice Dundas added to an already high-scoring night with his 20th of the season and the Sea Dogs lead 6-1 with 15 minutes to play in the game. The power-play marker was assisted by Noel and Bokondji Imama

The Islanders respond with 13:02 left in the third to make it 6-2 on a power-play as Oliver Cooper beat his former teammate Auger. Johnston and Kielly each picked up helpers.

Four minutes later, the visitors showed more signs of life as Ross Johnston was back at it putting his second of the night into the twine to pull them within three, 6-3. Also a power-play goal, it was assisted by Ryan MacKinnon and Dexter Weber.

2015 NHL Draft eligible defenceman Thomas Chabot added the exclamation point, scoring with 4:04 left in the game to get back the Sea Dogs four-goal lead at 7-3.

Saint John returns to action on Saturday when they host Gatineau in a 7 p.m. Atlantic game, while the Islanders head up the road for a tilt with the Wildcats, also at 7 p.m. Atlantic.

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