FINAL: Saint John 1, Cape Breton 2
SYDNEY, NS – It’s all but over for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
With Saint John falling 2-1 in Cape Breton tonight and Shawinigan defeating Sherbrooke, it would take a minor miracle for the Sea Dogs to make the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s post-season. It’s still possible, but the Sea Dogs would have to win both of their remaining games – which includes Friday night's tilt against the loaded Halifax Mooseheads in front of a sold-out Metro Centre - and get some favours from other teams in order to make the playoffs.
Saint John sits 17th overall in the league with 43 points, four back of the Cataractes who hold the final playoff spot. If the Dogs were to win Friday’s game in Halifax and Saturday’s game in Charlottetown while Shawinigan lost on both of those days in regulation time, Saint John would win the tiebreaker and make the playoffs. But, with the way the Moose have been playing and the way they beat the Dogs last weekend that seems just a bit unlikely. But, y’know, there is a reason they play the games.
The Sea Dogs dropped their fifth straight game with Wednesday’s loss to the Eagles. It was more of the same struggles for the Dogs – they were shorthanded on the backend, only recorded 15 shots in the first two periods, and went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Oliver Cooper opened the scoring at the 6:00 mark of the first period. The Eagles would tie it up 3:10 of the second thanks to Raphael Corriveau. Kyle Farrell netted the winner while shorthanded at 9:39 of the middle stanza.
It was another busy night for Sebastien Auger who made 44 stops in the loss. Eagles backup Zachary Fortin made 22 saves in the win.
The Sea Dogs website has a full game recap.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs take on the Mooseheads in Halifax on Friday night.