FINAL: Saint John 4, Cape Breton 2
SYDNEY, NS – Well how about that.
The Saint John Sea Dogs, who have been in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s basement for most of the first half, will enter the Christmas break on a two-game winning streak. The Sea Dogs won their second straight road game in Sydney on Saturday night, defeating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-2.
The win means the Dogs wrap up the first half with a 9-23-0-3 record and sit 17th overall in the QMJHL standings. They enter the break on a positive note and hopefully some of the confidence they’ve gained from this weekend’s wins carry over into the second half.
Oliver Cooper scored twice in this one while Stephen Anderson and Kelly Bent added solo markers. Anderson and Matthew Highmore each had two assists. Sebastien Auger made 31 saves for the win in net.
Maxim Lazarev and Jeremy Beaudry had goals for the Eagles. Cameron Darcy added two assists. Alex Bureau made 17 saves in the loss.
The Sea Dogs tied it up at 13:48 as Cooper connected with a quick one timer. Just 23 seconds later, Anderson went in on a long breakaway and beat Bureau to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead just like that.
Despite being out shot 15-8 in the opening frame, Saint John led 2-1.
In a second period that saw the Screaming Eagles out shoot the Sea Dogs 15-4, Beaudry tied the game at 10:36.
In the third, Cooper’s second of the night at 8:41 proved to be the winner. The goal came after a nice rush by Anderson. Bent scored an empty netter at 19:26 to make it a 4-2 final.
Shots in the third were 9-3 Saint John but 33-21 Cape Breton overall.
The Dogs went 0-for-3 on the power play while the Eagles went 0-for-4.
And so ends the first half. The QMJHL trading period begins tomorrow so the Sea Dogs could have some new faces in their lineup come next week.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs return to action on Saturday, December 28th at Harbour Station against the Moncton Wildcats.