FINAL:Saint John 6, Cape Breton 2
By Kevin Chambers
The Sea Dogs strike early in this game as Stephen MacAulay dents the twine at the 3:11 mark scoring off a nice feed from Ryan Tesink. Of note this is MacAulay's first goal of the season that did not come on the power play. 1-0 Dogs.
The Sea Dogs score again at the 6:46 mark on a bit of a strange goal with Ryan Tesink scoring from behind the net. Tesink threw the puck out front and it hit the stick of Lavoie and found its way into the back of the net. 2-0 Dogs.
The Sea Dogs wouldn't stop there adding their third goal of the opening frame at the 13:44 mark when Michael Mastrangelo buried a pass from Noah Zilbert. It was Mastranelo's first goal and point in the QMJHL and Zilbert also registered his first Quebec League point with the assist. Also add an assist for Andreas Tsogkas on this play. 3-0 Dogs.
The Screaming Eagles would get on the board a short time later when the always dangerous William Carrier tipped home his 11th of the season at 15:10 to round out the 1st period scoring. Assists went to Lavoie and Hache. 3-1 Dogs.
There were two real nice hits in the first period by Cuomo on Oligny and later a big hit by Repe on rookie Cole Murphy.
Hard to top the 1st period ...
Woodworth took a penalty for interference but shortly after Huberdeau matched the infraction with one of his own. Alexandre Lavoie managed to bring the Eagles to within one on the shortened power play on a brilliant feed from a falling William Carrier at the 7:15 mark. Give assists on the Lavoie goal to Carrier and Kyle Farrell. 3-2 Dogs.
The Sea Dogs managed to get that one back at 14:10 when a rewarded Marcus Cuomo buried his 2nd of the season. Cuomo spent much of the night on the Sea Dogs second line with Oliver Cooper and Stephen Anderson. Give assists on Cuomo's goal to Huberdeau and LeBlanc. 4-2 Dogs.
The Sea Dogs began the third period down a man with Repe in the box. Sebastien Auger made a huge glove save to keep the game 4-2 and then Gagne got caught pinching but a nice breakup play by Jason Seed canceled out the two-on-one play.
Oligny and Cuomo continued their battle into the third period when the two decided to drop the gloves but it was broke up immediately and they never had a chance to start chucking.
Almost midway through the final stanza Kevin Gagne marked his milestone night by wristing home his 3rd of the season on a two-on-one keep with MacAulay at 8:43 of the 3rd period. Assists on Gagne's goal went to MacAulay and Huberdeau. 5-2 Dogs.
It didn't take long for the Dogs to strike again. At 10:20, Jakub Izacky buried his fourth of the season from Marcus Cuomo and Jason Seed. That made it 6-2 Saint John.
That marked the end of the night for Trudeau as the Eagles brought in rookie netminder Alex Bureau and he stopped all four shots he faced the rest of the way.
Shots on goal
1st Period - SJ 11 - CB 11
2nd Period - SJ 12 - CB 9
3rd Period - SJ 9 - CB 5
Total - SJ 32 - CB 25
1st Star - Ryan Tesink - goal and an assist
2nd Star - William Carrier - goal and an assist
3rd Star - Jonathan Huberdeau - 2 assists
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Shawinigan Cataractes on Sunday afternoon.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation