Wednesday, January 23, 2013

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 1, Eagles 2

A collection of recaps from last night’s 2-1 Saint John Sea Dogs loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles…

Our recap. Saint John travelled to Centre 200 to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Tuesday evening as fans braved the storm and icy roads to watch the teams battle it out.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs Tuesday night at Centre 200 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The Cape Breton Post’s recap. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles turned the tables on the visiting Saint John Sea Dogs, and put their 10-game losing streak on ice in the process.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.

The Canadian Press’ recapCharles-Eric Legare and Justin Hache both scored as Cape Breton (10-29-8) fended off Saint John (19-27-0).’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs were at Centre 200 in Sydney to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Tuesday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action with the Screaming Eagles taking the contest 2-1.’s recap. Justin Haché's goal at 8:37 of the second period proved to be the game winner, as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hung on to defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs 2-1 in front of 1,855 fans on hand on a stormy Tuesday night at Centre 200.

SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Jonathan Huberdeau (NHL – Florida Panthers), Michael Abbott (lower body), Stephen Anderson (flu), Jurij Repe (broken hand), David Weckworth (knee), and Connor Donaghey (shoulder) on Tuesday night.

MOSHER: Defenseman David Mosher was called up from the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Truro Bearcats for this game. He was held off the score sheet on Tuesday but did do some good things defensively. He was playing in his fifth game with Saint John this year.

SCORING FIRST: For just the 14th time this season, the Sea Dogs scored first. Pierre Durepos opened things up with a power play goal at 6:16 of the first. Saint John has scored first the second fewest times in the league this season.

FIGHTS: Oliver Cooper and Raphael Corriveau dropped the gloves in the first period. Then in the second there was a surprising tilt as two prized rookies – Olivier LeBlanc and Clark Bishop – squared off in a fairly aggressive fight that didn't last very long.

IZACKY: Saint John’s active leading scorer, Jakub Izacky, was hurt late in the second period. He left the ice and headed to the dressing room. Fortunately for Saint John he did return for the third period. He had a great chance to tie the game midway through the third but was robbed by David Honzik. Izacky had an assist and two shots in the game.

THIRD: Saint John had some great offensive pressure on in the final minutes of the third period but, despite putting the extra attacker on, could not tie the match. Shots were 9-7 Eagles in the final frame.

DUREPOS: Pierre Durepos scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period. It was his first goal since January 4. He now has 14 points in 23 games this season.

FOURNIER: Alex Fournier got the start in net for Saint John. It was just his 11th appearance of the year and entered with a 0-6-0-0 record. Tuesday was probably Fournier’s best performance of the season, allowing two goals on 37 shots. He was deservingly named third star for his performance. Even though he didn’t pick up the win, it’s good to see he is improving as the season goes on.

LEGARE: Quite a game for Charles-Eric Legare. He scored once and added 10 of Cape Breton’s 37 shots on goal. Six of his 10 shots were considered dangerous. He was named first star.

SCORING: Saint John’s offense has, not surprisingly, been fairly quiet over the past few games. Over their past five games, the Sea Dogs have scored a total of four goals and have been shutout twice.

STREAK: The Screaming Eagles ended a 10-game losing streak with last night’s win. It was their first win since December 16, a 7-5 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. They are the last team collect their 10th victory of the season.

VS EAGLES: Saint John fell to 4-2-0-0 against Cape Breton this season while the Screaming Eagles improved to 2-3-0-1 against the Sea Dogs. They meet again on February 27 and March 10.

STANDINGS: The bad news for Saint John, 19-27-0-0 and 15th overall in the league, is that Sherbrooke and Gatineau both won last night. The Phoenix are now six points back of the Sea Dogs while the Olyqmpiques are five ahead.

ATTENDANCE: Big time storm in Cape Breton so there was a very small crowd at this game. Announced attendance was just 1,855. It was their smallest home crowd of the season.

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NOTES: Maxime Villemaire had six shots… Steven Duda had three hits… Saint John only went 26/66 on faceoffs… Clark Bishop had four hits… David Honzik continues to be a beast whenever he plays Saint John... Cape Breton is four points back of Sherbrooke for the final playoff spot.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of the Screaming Eagles YouTube page.

Sherbrooke 6 at Drummondville 5 (SO)
Gatineau 7 at Chicoutimi 2

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs take on the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station. It will be Saint John’s final home game until February 7.

Photo: Screaming Eagles Facebook page

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