Thursday, February 28, 2013

POSTSCRIPT: Eagles 2, Sea Dogs 4

A collection of recaps from last night’s 4-2 Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles…

Our recap. It was an air vs sea assault as Saint John played host to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Wednesday night.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). They were listed as the fourth line entering the game.

The Cape Breton Post’s recap. They held a one-goal lead heading into the third period, but the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles couldn’t parlay that into a win on Wednesday.

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

The Canadian Press’ recap. Matthew Highmore scored twice and Connor Donaghey had a goal and two assists as the Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the visiting Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-2 in Wednesday's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-2 in front of 4,114 fans at Harbour Station in Wednesday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

CapeBretonEagles.com’s recap. Two third period goals in a span of 13 seconds was the difference as the Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-2 in front of 4,114 fans on hand at Harbour Station on Wednesday.

SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Brett Malone (healthy), Justin Dickinson (left team – personal reasons), Steven Duda (healthy), and Jeremy Doucet (healthy) on Wednesday night.

DUREPOS: Sea Dogs captain Pierre Durepos returned to the lineup on Wednesday. He hadn’t played since February 20 due to a lower body injury, missing two games. He was a +1 and had four shots in his return.

SCORING FIRST: The Eagles opened the scoring at 4:22 of the first as Clark Bishop netted his sixth of the season. Cape Breton fell to 8-9-2-4 when scoring first on the year. Meanwhile, Saint John and Sherbrooke have scored first in just 20 games this season, a league low.

HIGHMORE: Matthew Highmore, celebrating his 17th birthday, had quite a game. The rookie forward recorded two goals, an assist, four shots, and a +3 rating to earn first star honours. He now has four goals and four assists in 22 games this season. This was his first multi-goal game.

DONAGHEY: Connor Donaghey, celebrating his 19th birthday, had a goal, two assists, four shots, and a +3 rating. He has put up some good numbers since joining Saint John, registering three goals and three assists in 11 games.

BEST LINE: The line of Donaghey, Highmore, and Marcus Cuomo was definitely Saint John’s best. The trio combined for three goals, five assists, and nine shots. They were all a +3.

SHOTS: The tables quickly turned on the shot clock in this game. After out shooting Cape Breton 16-5 in the first, Saint John was out shot 23-6 in the second frame. Yikes. The second period was not pretty. Shots were close in the third with the Eagles holding a 13-12 edge.

AFTER TWO: This was just the 18th time this season that Cape Breton led after two periods of play. They fell to 12-2-1-3 in those game.

BISHOP: Clark Bishop was in beast mode for Cape Breton. Along with scoring a goal, he had 11 of the Eagles’ 41 shots. He also had a team best four hits.

“FIGHT”: Bizarre “fight” between Maxime Villemaire and Raphael Corriveau at 13:31 of the third. They didn’t even call it a fight as the two were handed delay of game penalties instead. As described by the Sea Dogs website:

Maxime Villemaire and Raphael Corriveau started to mix it up, but Villemaire dropped the Eagles winger with a single punch. The two were handed delay of game penalties as opposed to fighting majors for the quick bout.

Begins at 2:10 of the highlight package below.

AUGER: Another solid game by Sebastien Auger who made 39 saves for the win. That includes 22 saves in the second period alone. Auger leads the league in saves with 1,519.

STREAKS: Saint John ended a four game losing streak with this win. Cape Breton has now lost five straight and are 2-8-0-0 in their last 10 games. They ain’t making the playoffs.

VS EAGLES: Saint John improved to 5-2-0-0 against Cape Breton this season while the Screaming Eagles fell to 2-4-0-1 against the Sea Dogs. These teams meet one more time this season on March 10 in Sydney.

STANDINGS: Big overtime win by the Sherbrooke Phoenix last night in Rimouski. They remain two points back of Saint John for 15th overall with eight games remaining.

NOTES: The Screaming Eagles wore their third jersesys… noise makers were handed out at the door… Oliver Cooper had two great chances in the first period but could not connect on either… Saint John’s top line of Villemaire – Anderson – Zilbert was a -2 after two… pretty good Wednesday crowd of 4,114 attended the game… Cooper had a team high five shots… Ian Saab was a +2.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV.


POST-GAME INTERVIEWS


OUT OF TOWN
Sherbrooke 2 at Rimouski 1 (OT)
Halifax 4 at Shawinigan 2
P.E.I. 3 at Gatineau 2

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station. Saint John has just three home games remaining in the regular season.

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