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QMJHL: Saint John lays a thumping on Gatineau

The Canadian Press

1/11/2009 9:22:22 PM

Steven Anthony is doing his best to make the Saint John Sea Dogs forget about Christopher DiDomenico.

The 17-year-old centre led the way with two goals and four assists as the Sea Dogs destroyed the Gatineau Olympiques 8-1 on Sunday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Saint John (23-19-2-2) traded DiDomenico to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Tuesday, freeing up ice-time down the middle for players like Anthony - the Sea Dogs' first-round pick in 2007.

Anthony, a Halifax native, managed only 14 points in 55 games during his rookie season. With Sunday's six-point effort, he brings this season's point total to 29 (13 goals, 16 assists) in 45 games.

Olivier Ouellet, acquired from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Thursday for a second-round pick in this year's draft, had a goal and three assists in his second game with Saint John, which stayed one point ahead of the Victoriaville Tigres for seventh place in the QMJHL.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Acadie-Bathurst 4, P.E.I. 3 (OT); Cape Breton 4, Moncton 1; Halifax 4, Chicoutimi 3 (SO); Montreal 4, Rouyn-Noranda 3 (OT); Saint John 8, Gatineau 1; Shawinigan 5, Lewiston 2; and Victoriaville 1, Baie-Comeau 0 (OT).

At Saint John, N.B., Michael Kirkpatrick scored twice, Payton Liske had a goal and an assist and Ryan Sparling rounded out the scoring for the Sea Dogs.

Paul Byron had the lone marker for the Olympiques (21-20-2-2).

Robert Mayer made 30 saves for Saint John, while Gatineau netminding duty was split between Maxime Clermont, who allowed six goals on 26 shots, and Marc-Antoine Gelinas, who stopped eight of 10 shots he faced in the third period.

Titan 4, Rocket 3 (OT)

At Charlottetown, Jonathan Lessard scored a minute and 43 seconds into overtime as Acadie-Bathurst downed the Rocket.

Eric Faille converted a second-period penalty shot, while Spencer Jezegou and Francis Hevey also scored for the Titan (17-20-5-4).

Jordan Escott, Maxime Levesque and Stuart Lenehan replied for P.E.I. (16-22-4-5).

Screaming Eagles 4, Wildcats 1

At Moncton, Chris Culligan's shorthanded marker five minutes into the second period was the winning goal as Cape Breton took down the Wildcats.

Culligan also had an assist, while Robert Slaney and Nick MacNeil had a goal and an assist for the Screaming Eagles (32-12-1-1), who won their seventh straight game. Michael Stinziani also scored.

Randy Cameron scored the only goal for Moncton (32-6-2-3).

Mooseheads 4, Sagueneens 3 (SO)

At Chicoutimi, Que., Tomas Knotek scored the only goal in the shootout as Halifax outlasted the Sagueneens.

Alexis Piette, Gabriel Desjardins and Linden Bahm scored in regulation for the Mooseheads (12-27-2-2).

Dominic Jalbert scored a pair and Michal Hlinka added another for Chicoutimi (16-22-2-3).

Junior 4, Huskies 3 (OT)

At Montreal, Luke Adam scored his 20th goal of the season 1:35 into overtime to lift the Junior over Rouyn-Noranda.

Guillaume Asselin, Nick Layton and Angelo Esposito added goals for Montreal (23-17-1-1).

Alexandre Beauregard, Pier-Luc Giguere and Jeff Desjardins found the net for the Huskies (22-17-4-2).

Cataractes 5, Maineiacs 2

At Shawinigan, Que., Michael Bournival scored two goals and added an assist to help the Cataractes reclaim first place in the QMJHL with a win over Lewiston.

Alex Grant and Maxime Legault had a goal and an assist each for Shawinigan (36-9-1-0). Antoine Houde-Caron also scored.

Maxime Grachev and Denis Reul replied for the Maineiacs (14-32-0-0).

Tigres 1, Drakkar 0 (OT)

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Andrej Nestrasil needed only six seconds of overtime to break a scoreless tie and lift Victoriaville over the Drakkar.

Antonio Mastropietro made 28 saves to earn his first shutout of the season for the Tigres (24-21-0-1).

Nathan Dunnett stopped 29 shots for Baie-Comeau (13-23-5-2).