Saturday, March 26, 2011
DOGS LOWER BOOM ON EAGLES
FINAL: Screaming Eagles 0, Sea Dogs 10
SAINT JOHN – It came as no real surprise, but the scene at Harbour Station was alarming nonetheless.
The top-ranked Saint John Sea Dogs threw the hammer down Friday night, dismantling the 16th seeded Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-0 in Game One of the opening round of the President’s Cup playoffs. The two teams meet once again tomorrow at Harbour Station for Game Two of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League series.
It was only 1-0 Saint John after one period – but then the second period started. The Sea Dogs scored seven goals in the middle frame and outshot the Eagles 22-3. In the third, the Dogs would add two more to make it a 10-0 final.
Zack Phillips was a beast, scoring four goals in a game for the first time in team history. Stanislav Galiev kept his hot play going by scoring two goals while Eric Gelinas, Tomas Jurco, Mike Thomas, and Ryan Tesink added single markers.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu added four assists in the blowout win.
Goaltender Jacob DeSerres picked up his first QMJHL post-season win in net, making 19 saves for a shutout.
The Eagles had nothing in the tank in terms of offense. Andrew Hayes allowed eight goals on 36 shots through 40 minutes of play. Alexandre Veronneau was beaten twice on 14 shots.
Saint John was an insane 6-for-9 on the power play while Cape Breton was 0-for-6.
This kind of blowout wasn’t unexpected. 78 points separate the two teams in the standings and it looked like 78 points separated the two teams in the standings tonight. It’s hard to believe this was actually a playoff game.
It's always nice to see the Sea Dogs win – but this was brutal. This was only Game One, and could get even uglier.
NOTES: For more on this game see SN Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles play Game Two Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station.