Sea Dogs Closer To Defending Memorial Cup

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Sea Dogs closer to defending Memorial Cup May 24, 2012 7:09 AM

The Saint John Sea Dogs set the tone early and now they’re a step closer to their goal of repeating as Mastercard Memorial Cup champions.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink scored in the first period as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions succeeded in quieting a raucous, sellout crowd of 4,687 at the Bionest Centre and skate to a 4-1 victory over the host Shawinigan Cataractes on Wednesday night.

The victory put Saint John (2-1) into the semifinals on Friday night, while Shawinigan (1-2) must now beat the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings (1-2) in a tiebreaker game Thursday night to decide the second semifinalist.

The London Knights (2-1) were awarded first place and a bye into Sunday’s final by virtue of having beaten Saint John in their head-to-head meeting this week.

The Sea Dogs came out hitting and grabbed the lead as Charlie Coyle made a heads-up play to pick off a pass and feed Huberdeau in front to put a sweet deke on goaltender Gabriel Girard at 4:19.

Saint John was on a two-man advantage when Huberdeau fed Galiev in the slot to make it 2-0 at 19:29.

Tesink was at the net to score 16:05 into the second after Girard mishandled Nathan Beaulieu’s point shot, but the crowd erupted when Zlobin jammed the puck in from the side of the net on a power play with 1:05 left in the period.

No team has won on consecutive nights yet in the tournament, a situation some put down to the poor ice conditions, although it appears to be improving.


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