By Lorne Webster | SN Staff
SAINT JOHN - Two of the QMJHL's hottest teams met at Harbour Station Wednesday evening and the Saint John Sea Dogs came away with a convincing 7-2 win over division rivals, the Charlottetown Islanders.
The win allowed the Sea Dogs to move two points clear of Moncton for first in the Maritimes Division - with two games still in hand. It was also Saint John's sixth win in seven contests against Charlottetown this season.
Adam Marsh with a pair, Sam Povorozniouk, Joe Veleno, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Mathieu Joseph and Nathan Noel scored for Saint John. Bradley Kennedy replied with a pair for Charlottetown.
Kennedy opened the scoring at 8:11 when he converted on a turnover with a quick backhand through Alex Bishop's legs. Saint John outshot Charlottetown 12-7 in the first period but the Sea Dogs were unable to get a shot past Mason McDonald.
Just 32 seconds into a wild second period, McDonald made the save of the game when he robbed Povorozniouk with a diving glove stop. At 4:37, Marsh broke down the left wing and unloaded a rocket that beat McDonald low short side. A minute later, Povorozniouk jammed in the rebound of a Noel shot to give the Sea Dogs the lead at 2-1. A short while later, Marsh rang another wrist shot off the crossbar but it stayed out. Kennedy would tie the game at 7:34 when he finished off a nice three-way passing play with a tap in past Bishop. Veleno put the Sea Dogs back in front at 9:56 with a hard wrist shot from the high slot to the top shelf. Dove-McFalls extended the lead to 4-2 - just over three minutes later - with a long shot, which eluded a screened McDonald. After Dove-McFalls’ goal, Islanders coach Jim Hulton decided to replace McDonald in goal with rookie Matthew Welsh.
3:35 into the third, Marsh's "pro shot" was on display once again when he unleashed another rocket past Welsh on the short side. At 6:44, Daniel Sprong's stick exploded - during an attempted clearing pass - and the puck went to Joseph, who walked into the slot and sent a laser over Welsh's shoulder to make it 6-2. On a power play at 8:19, Noel joined the goal parade with another top shelf effort to set the final score at 7-2.