Flames Lose First Postseason Game
By Aaron McCracken
After winning five consecutive postseason games, the Saint John Flames suffered their first loss of the 2001 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Quebec Citadelles scored three power play goals and hung on for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night. The Flames still lead the series two games to one.
Francis Belanger got the Citadelles on the board first with a power play tip-in shot with Chris Clark in the box. Brochu was able to get a piece of the puck, but wasn't able to keep it from crossing the goal line.
Steve Begin tied the game early in the 2nd with a power play marker of his own off of a nifty redirect of a Steve Montador point shot. It was Begin's 5th of the playoffs (he had only 12 goals during the regular season). However, Quebec took the lead on Eric Landry's 5-on-3 power play goal late in the 2nd period. Mike Martin and Steve Begin took back-to-back penalties, giving the Cits an extended two-man advantage.
Quebec went up 3-1 when Belanger scored his second of the game after Dave Roche was sent to the box on a very questionable cross-checking call. Saint John made it close late in the 3rd when Derrick Walser's point shot beat Mathieu Garon with 24 seconds remaining and Martin Brochu on the bench in favor on an extra attacker. The Flames did manage to get a faceoff deep in Quebec's zone with nine seconds remaining, but were unable to score the equalizer.
Mathieu Garon made 33 saves to record the win, while Martin Brochu made 24 saves in a losing effort.
News and Notes
3. Mike Ribiero
2. Francis Belanger
1. Mathieu Garon
Lines and Roster update
Murray – Varlamov – Botterill
Tkaczuk – Begin -- Clark
Betts – Roche – Fata
Elomo - Doull
Walser – Martin
Montador – Scoville
Mrozik – Dupont
Scratches: Chris St. Croix (healthy), Jason Morgan (facial laceration, day-to-day) Bobby Russell (healthy), Jeff Dewar (healthy), Dany Sabourin (healthy).