Memorial Cup: Sea Dogs lose 4-3 to Oil Kings

Memorial Cup: Sea Dogs lose 4-3 to Oil Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday in the Memorial Cup round robin at TD Station.

Jaxsen Wiebe gave Edmonton the win with his third goal of the game 8:05 into overtime.

Wiebe beat goaltender Nikolas Hurtubise with a precise wrist shot to the top left corner. Canadian prospect Kaiden Guhle got an assist on the game-winning goal.

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“We had to regroup and come back stronger,” said Wiebe, the hero of the game. The guys showed up to fight and we were rewarded. »

“He is an important member of our team, a power forward with good skating and good shooting. He can do a lot, Oil Kings head coach Brad Lauer said of Wiebe. He works hard and does things well. Tonight, he was rewarded for all that. »

Both goaltenders upped their game in overtime by making multiple saves in a three-on-three tiebreaker for the first time in Memorial Cup history.

This victory allows the Oils Kings to sign a first victory after being beaten by Shawinigan on Tuesday. As for the Sea Dogs, they won their first game of this round robin.

The Oil Kings (0-1-0-1) thus prevented the Sea Dogs (1-0-1-0) from securing a place in the semi-finals.

WHL teams had lost their last 14 Memorial Cup games.

“Our performance yesterday (Tuesday) was unacceptable,” said Oil Kings forward Carter Souch, who scored a goal and added two assists against the Sea Dogs. We needed everyone tonight and we put in a full effort for almost 70 minutes.

In the standings, Edmonton has two points while Saint John adds a point to its total, which makes it four in two games.

The Oil Kings put the pressure on the Sea Dogs early on when Wiebe scored his first of the game just 2:14 into the first on the power play. Then at 4:27, Carter Souch completed a two-on-one drive to score the Western champions’ second goal.

Far from collapsing, the Sea Dogs went on to score three goals in less than four minutes. We first saw Raivis Kristians Ansons put Saint John on the board. Barely time to catch his breath, Josh Lawrence tied the game 25 seconds later.

“We knew our opponents were going to start strong and we ended up down two goals,” Sea Dogs coach Gardiner MacDougall said. We responded amazingly to take a 3-2 lead in first gear. »

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“In overtime we had some amazing chances, our goaltender made some amazing saves and gave us a chance, but the line is thin,” added MacDougall.

“It’s heartbreaking for our team. She worked so hard, MacDougall said. But we can retain many positive elements. »

Still midway through first, William Dufour beat Sebastian Cossa to put the Sea Dogs ahead for the first time in the game.

“We deserved a better spell, but we got a big point and we’re preparing for Shawi,” said Dufour.

“We bounced back. We found ourselves behind by two goals and we came back with three quick goals, added Dufour. We tried to close the game, but we have to stay away from the penalty box. We gave up two goals and it hurt us. »

Quickly at the start of the second, Wiebe brought everyone back to square one at 2:05 with a massive attack. Yan Kuznetsov ended up in jail for delaying the match on Wiebe’s equalizer, although the replay showed his clearance had grazed the bay window before disappearing into the crowd.

Hurtubise made 27 saves. He also played luck a few times in net for the Sea Dogs. He saw pitches from Brendan Kuny and Simon Kubicek ringing off the posts.

For his part, Sebastian Cossa stopped 36 shots. He received a good helping hand from defenseman Kaiden Guhle early in the third period, when the defenseman intercepted a pass with a nice drop as the Sea Dogs attacked with two against the goaltender.

Thursday, the Shawinigan Cataractes, champions of the QMJHL, will face the Hamilton Bulldogs, champions of the OHL.

Two goals in 25 seconds for the Sea Dogs

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