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Wildcats third period comeback falls just short

Daniel St Louis

The Wildcats fought back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score early in third period only to come up short in a 5-3 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs, Saturday at Avenir Centre.

Brooklyn Kalmikov, Mathis Cloutier and Anthony Hamel found the net for Moncton.

The game was scoreless until Saint John scored twice less than two minutes apart early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. The visitors extended their lead to 3-0 with nine minutes left in the middle frame.

Kalmikov’s goal got the Wildcats on the board with under three minutes remaining in the period. Jonas Taibel found Kalmikov with a pass from behind the net into the slot. The Wildcats’ leading scorer was initially tied up and unable to shoot, but stepped to the left wing side and whistled a wrister over the glove of Saint John goalie Nikolas Hurtubise.

The Wildcats got within one nearly four minutes into the third period when Cloutier dumped the puck into the right corner and had it hop over a Sea Dog defender’s stick and back to him in the slot. Cloutier’s initial shot was stopped, but he was able to stuff the puck inside the left post to cut Moncton’s deficit down to 3-2.

Hamel tied the game with his first QMJHL goal two minutes later. A pass from the left circle deflected on goal and created a scramble where Hamel moved in from the right point and lifted the puck under the cross bar to make it 3-3.

Saint John regained the lead with just under six minutes remaining and tacked on an empty-netter to wrap up the scoring.

Goalie Vincent Filion made 37 saves in the loss.

Box Score: https://theqmjhl.ca/gamecentre/29096/boxscore

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