Sunday, December 22, 2013

News & Notes From Saturday's Game

Cool photo from last night’s game via the Screaming Eagles Facebook page.

Some other stuff from the game…
  • After all the losing streaks the Sea Dogs have had over the past couple months, the team will enter the Christmas break on a two-game winning streak – and both of them were road wins. Cool.
  • Pretty sure this is just the second time all season the Dogs have won two straight.
  • The Sea Dogs enter the break with a 9-23-0-3 record for 21 points and sit 17th overall in the QMJHL. The Shawinigan Cataractes sit 18th (and also have 21 points) and enter the break with back-to-back wins and are 6-4 in their last 10.
  • Oliver Cooper got Saint John on the board at 13:48 of the first and then scored the game-winner at 8:41 of the third. He leads the team in goals with 14, three more than Nathan Noel’s 11. Cooper has also scored in each of his past four games.
  • 23 seconds after Cooper’s first period goal, Stephen Anderson scored on a break. Despite only getting eight shots on goal in the first, Saint John led 2-1 heading into intermission.
  • The Sea Dogs led 3-2 midway through the third period but still out shot the Eagles 9-3 in the frame. Cape Breton offense is struggling right now.
  • Sebastien Auger was solid in this game, making 31 saves in the win.
  • Anderson and Matthew Highmore each had two assists.
  • After not even getting a shot on goal on Friday, Eagles leading scorer Cameron Darcy had one shot and two assists last night.
  • Saint John didn’t shy away from physical play, out hitting Cape Breton 18-7. Thomas Chabot, Kelly Bent, and Stephen Anderson each had three hits.
  • Sea Dogs top line of Highmore, Anderson, and Cooper was unreal.
  • Lukas Walter had his 11th fight of the season.
  • The Sea Dogs were without forwards Jason Cameron (foot) and Noah Zilbert (lower body) along with defensemen Michael Abbott (hand) and Alexander McQuaid (healthy).

NOTES: Santa Claus performed the ceremonial faceoff like a boss… Oliver Cooper had a team high four shots… Sea Dogs didn’t have a great night in the faceoff circle, winning 21 of 54… Jeremy Beaudry had two hits for the Eagles… no power play goals scored in this game... Sea Dogs are now 2-2-0-1 against the Screaming Eagles this season.

TODAY: The QMJHL’s winter trading period begins today and runs until January 7th.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday, December 28th. Moncton has won eight straight.

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