By Chris Gregory
Sept. 30, 2015
The Saint John Sea Dogs put an end to the Islanders’ 4-0 winning streak defeating them 3-2 on Sept. 25 putting the Islanders.
Connor Green buried a goal just past the halfway point in the third period to put the Sea Dogs ahead and they never looked back.
Islanders coach Jim Hulton said it was a solid hockey game aside from the disappointing start.
“I didn’t like our start at all. The game rewards 60 minute efforts and it punishes you when you don’t give 60 minutes.”
The Sea Dogs capitalized on the Islanders’ slow start with a Mathieu Joseph goal just over five minutes into the first period assisted by Bokondji Imama and Samuel Dove-McFalls.
The Islanders went into the first intermission down 1-0, but came out of it firing; scoring two quick goals.
Less than three minutes in, Cooper scored his third goal of the season, assisted by Kameron Kielly and Bradley Kennedy.
Less than a minute later, Shawn Boudrais scored on the power play giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead, but the game would go into the second intermission tied.
With just under five minutes left in the second, Daniel Del Paggio tied up the game at two on an unassisted goal.
Saint John’s Luke Green scored the third period’s lone goal, assisted by Sam Povorozniouk and Oliver Felixson, making it 3-2.
Hulton was disappointed in the result but looking towards the next game.
“You just move on. We have to correct the areas that we weren’t good in and build on the areas we were successful in.”
The first period held them back and once they got going in the second period, the offense translated, he said.
“I thought once we started skating, we got back into the game.”
Islanders goalie Daryl MacCallum said a lot of shots were coming his way, especially in the first period.
“They had some good opportunities to score, so I tried to come up as big as I could and make the save.”
But like the coach, MacCallum’s mind was on the next game.
“It’s in the past now, we just gotta move on.”
Captain Quinn O’Brien said the slow start in the first period isn’t something they can afford.
“We came out a little a soft at first. We weren’t moving our feet the right way,” he said.
“There are really no excuses. It’s a new day on Sunday, new game. We gotta forget about this one, put this one in the books and focus on Sunday.”