FINAL: Saint John 2, Cape Breton 4
SYDNEY, NS – The Saint John Sea Dogs are heading home with a split in Cape Breton.
The Sea Dogs fell 4-2 to the Screaming Eagles on Saturday night. The loss comes a day after a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 win at Centre 200 on Friday night.
Saint John got off to a slow start once again, being outshot 12-2 in the first period and were down 3-0 just past the midway point of the second period. The Sea Dogs tried to pull off another comeback, cutting the Eagles lead to 3-2 heading into the third but couldn’t quite pull it off.
Duncan MacIntyre opened the scoring 3:33 in on a power play to make it 1-0. Blade Mann-Dixon made his first career QMJHL appearance and was tested quite a bit in the opening frame, facing 12 shots.
At 7:56 of the second, Colby Tower scored to make it 2-0 Eagles. Then at 12:53, MacIntyre scored another power play marker to give the home side a 3-0 advantage.
Samuel Dove-McFalls got the Sea Dogs on the board at 15:21. A little over two minutes later, Spencer Smallman scored his first goal of the season – while shorthanded – to make it 3-2 heading into the third.
Kyle Farrell’s 11th goal of the season just 41 seconds into the third provided some insurance for Cape Breton. The Eagles would hang on for the victory.
Shots were 28-27 in favour of the Sea Dogs in the game. Mann-Dixon made 23 saves in the loss while Francois Brassard, who was not pleased with his performance on Friday, made 26 in the win.
Saint John’s power play continues to struggle, going 0-for-6. Cape Breton went 2-for-6 on the man advantage.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night at 7 p.m.