FINAL: Saint John 5, Charlottetown 6
With 2:09 left, some miscommunication by the Saint John Sea Dogs defense allowed Filip Chlapik to feed a wide-open Alex Goulet in front of the net. The Isles forward beat Sebastien Auger and gave Charlottetown a 6-5 lead, a lead they would hang on to and earn the come-from-behind victory.
Saint John led for most of the game, often by two goals. But a big third period by Charlottetown – they scored four goals on 13 shots – propelled the home side to victory.
Filip Chlapik and Alexandre Goulet led the way for Charlottetown with two goals each. Bradley Kennedy and Ross Johnston added singles. Goulet also had an impressive three assists while Mason McDonald made 31 saves in the win.
Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Nathan Noel, Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph had goals for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the loss.
The Sea Dogs had a solid first period, grabbing a 2-0 lead and outshooting the Islanders 14-7. Chabot opened the scoring, putting in an Adam Marsh rebound at 9:35. Four minutes later, a wrist shot from Jack vanBoekel was stopped but Dove-McFalls collected the puck and put it past MacDonald.
Chlapik got the Islanders on the board at 9:55 of the second, putting in a loose puck off of a scramble to make it 2-1. But Noel quickly got Saint John’s two-goal lead back at 11:49 to make it a 3-1 contest.
Charlottetown got back within one at 13:41 on a power play as Chlapik fed Goulet in the slot. Saint John responded with a power play goal of their own at 16:48 as Highmore scored to give the Dogs a 4-2 lead after two.
The Islanders had some pressure on late in the second thanks to a lengthy two-man advantage. But, the Dogs were able to keep the Isles at bay. Shots were 18-15 in favour of Charlottetown in the middle stanza.
3:24 into the third, Kennedy made it a 4-3 game. Then, at 5:33, Johnston was at the side of the net and put in a loose puck to tie things at 4-4.
The Sea Dogs regained momentum and the lead at 11:18. vanBoekel fired a point shot that was stopped but Joseph was at the top of the crease and put the rebound past McDonald to give Saint John a 5-4 advantage.
The Islanders tied things up again at 12:40 when Chlapik jammed the puck in. Then with 2:09 left, Goulet scored what proved to be the game winner to give Charlottetown a 6-5 victory. Shots in the third were 13-7 in favour of the Isles in the third and 38-36 overall.