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Sea Dogs beat Hamilton 5-3 in opener of Memorial Cup return

Saint John Sea Dogs' Raivis Christians Ansons, left, scores on Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Marco Costantini during the first period of a Memorial Cup...
Hamilton Bulldogs' Jan Mysak, left, skates past Saint John Sea Dogs' Jeremy Poirier, center, to try and score on goalie Nikolas Hurtubise during the f...
Members of the Saint John Sea Dogs celebrate a goal by teammate Raivis Kristians Ansons in front of Hamilton Bulldogs' Gavin White, left, and teammate...
Saint John Sea Dogs' Ryan Francis, center, is stopped by Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Marco Costantini, right, as Bulldogs defenseman Gavin White, lef...
Members of the Hamilton Bulldogs celebrate a first period goal in front of Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Nikolas Hurtubise (31) during a Memorial Cup...
Hamilton Bulldogs' Ryan Winterton, left, and teammate Nathan Staios, right, collide in front of Saint John Sea Dogs' Peter Reynolds during the first p...
The memorial cup trophy is carried onto the ice prior to the first game of the Memorial Cup championship between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the host Sa...

Saint John Sea Dogs' Raivis Christians Ansons, left, scores on Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Marco Costantini during the first period of a Memorial Cup...

Hamilton Bulldogs' Jan Mysak, left, skates past Saint John Sea Dogs' Jeremy Poirier, center, to try and score on goalie Nikolas Hurtubise during the f...

Members of the Saint John Sea Dogs celebrate a goal by teammate Raivis Kristians Ansons in front of Hamilton Bulldogs' Gavin White, left, and teammate...

Saint John Sea Dogs' Ryan Francis, center, is stopped by Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Marco Costantini, right, as Bulldogs defenseman Gavin White, lef...

Members of the Hamilton Bulldogs celebrate a first period goal in front of Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Nikolas Hurtubise (31) during a Memorial Cup...

Hamilton Bulldogs' Ryan Winterton, left, and teammate Nathan Staios, right, collide in front of Saint John Sea Dogs' Peter Reynolds during the first p...

The memorial cup trophy is carried onto the ice prior to the first game of the Memorial Cup championship between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the host Sa...

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Ryan Francis had a goal and two assists and the Saint John Sea Dogs beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3 on Monday night in the Memorial Cup opener.

Canceled the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-team junior tournament opened at TD Station for the start of round-robin play. The championship features the winners of the three major junior leagues and the host team.

Yan Kuznetsov, Raivis Kristians Ansons, William Dufour and Peter Reynolds scored for the Sea Dogs, who outshot Hamilton 35-20. Philippe Daoust had three assists and Nikolas Hurtubise made 17 saves for the host Sea Dogs.

Ryan Winterton had two goals and an assist and Avery Hayes added a goal and assist for the Ontario Hockey League champion Bulldogs. Marco Constantini finished with 30 saves.

Saint John lost in the first round of QMJHL playoffs, falling 3-2 to Rimouski in a best-of-five series. The Sea Dogs played for the first time since May 12.

On Tuesday night, the Edmonton Oil Kings will face the Shawinigan Cataractes. Edmonton won the Western Hockey League and Shawinigan took the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title.