LEWISTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs used their strength and mobility to sideswipe the Lewiston Maineaics with an 8-4 victory in an exhibition hockey game at the Colisee on Friday night.

The Maineiacs will travel to Saint John on Wednesday Sept. 5 to try and even the score.

Yann Sauvé opened the scoring for the Sea Dogs seven minutes into the first period. Maineiacs newcomer Dominic Savoie, acquired from the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Sebastien Piché trade, dropped in a goal in his first appearance in a Lewiston uniform.

In the second period, Saint John received goals from Matthew Stoddard, Francis Charland (1st of 2), Kevin Charland and Alex Grant to take a commanding 5-2 lead. Stefano Giliati showed a great individual effort going coast to coast and putting the puck past Rober Mayer on the short side for Lewiston’s lone goal in the middle frame.

Chris Tutalo cut the lead to two on a great play from Denis Reul and David Taylor with the man advantage in the third period. But Saint John replied as the Maineiacs found themselves in penalty trouble, scoring three consecutive goals (Charland, Stoddard and Gallant). The Maineiacs’ 10th-round draft pick Marc Bourgeois picked up his own rebound to pot the final goal of the game.


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