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Phillips scores in double OT as Saint John defeats Rimouski 3-2 in series opener

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Zack Phillips scored at 10:18 of double-overtime to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over the Rimouski Oceanic in Game 1 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League?s President?s Cup final Friday at Harbour Station.

Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco scored for the Sea Dogs, while Saint John goalie Mathieu Corbeil stopped 41 of 43 shots. Phillips also had an assist.

Peter Trainor and Alex Belzile scored for the Oceanic, while Alexandre Mallet tallied two assists. Rimouski netminder Jacob Gervais-Chouinard stopped 40 of 43 shots.

Saint John had a two-goal lead early in the first after Beaulieu scored 45 seconds into the game and Jurco made it 2-0, just 27 seconds later.

Rimouski rallied on the power play in the second. Saint John?s Danick Gauthier was called for high-sticking at 4:59, setting the stage for Trainor?s power-play marker 53 seconds later. Beaulieu was sent off for tripping at 12:46, paving the way for Belzile???s power-play goal 34 seconds later.

Rimouski defenceman Casey Babineau was called for tripping at 13:22 of the third, but the Dogs couldn???t capitalize on the ensuing power play. The 20-minute overtime that followed saw Rimouski fire 13 shots at Corbeil, while Gervais-Chouinard made seven saves.

The best-of-seven series continues Saturday.

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