RECAP: Leaver keeps Tigres at bay in Sea Dogs 2-1 win
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs put on a commendable performance to secure a 2-1 win against the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday night at TD Station, breaking away from their recent slump.
The action began with the Sea Dogs going on the powerplay at 9:48, but no goals materialized until Coen Miller buried one on another powerplay chance at 15:22, assisted by Joseph Ianiello and Nicolas Bilodeau. Patrick Leaver, the Sea Dogs goaltender, was crucial in preserving the one-goal lead, ending the period with the Sea Dogs up 1-0 while trailing in shots, 11-9.
The Sea Dogs found themselves back on the powerplay 5:07 into the second period and Nate Tivey found the back of the net just seven seconds in, with helpers going to Darien Reynolds and Miller. A scrum erupted later in the period resulted in multiple penalties, including a ten-minute misconduct to Jacob Beaulieu. The frame wrapped up with the Sea Dogs holding a 2-0 lead but trailing in shots 22-13.
Victoriaville’s Egor Goriunov narrowed the gap with a tally 11:02 into the third, but Leaver’s resolve in goal denied any further Tigres advances, clinching the Sea Dogs 2-1 victory and improving their record to 15-20-3-3. The 20-year-old netminder was named first star of the game with 35 saves.
Saint John will now gear up for their next battle as they prepare to welcome the Charlottetown Islanders to TD Station on Wednesday at 7pm, looking to build on their latest triumph. Tickets are available at the TD Station box office, by calling (506) 657-1234 or online at tickets.tdstation.com.
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