Goaltender Dakota Lund-Cornish turned aside 35 shots – 19 in the second period – to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, Wednesday at Avenir Centre.
Gabriel Fortier, Jacob Stewart and Francis Langlois scored in Moncton’s third straight win. Vinnie Labelle and Jordan Spence each contributed two assists.
The game was scoreless until midway through the second period when Fortier forced a turnover in the Saint John zone, worked a give-and-go with Labelle and buried a shorthanded goal.
Stewart made it a 2-0 game with under four minutes left in the second period. The Antigonish, Nova Scotia, native took a pass near the middle of the Sea Dogs’ blueline as a trailer on an offensive rush, moved into the high slot and ripped a wrister past the glove of Sea Dogs goalie Noah Patenaude.
The visitors got their only goal on a power play with about eight minutes left in the third period.
Moncton killed off a late penalty and then sealed the victory with Langlois’ empty-net goal with 4.7 seconds remaining.
Lund-Cornish was named first star.