After not scoring in three games and failing to register a point in his past two, Noel had two goals and an assist on Wednesday to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs past the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, 4-3.
Noel netted the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining in regulation time. He also opened the scoring for Saint John, scoring shorthanded in the second period. Thomas Chabot and Mathieu Joseph had the other Sea Dogs goals. Alex Bishop returned to the Sea Dogs net and made 39 stops in the win.
Cape Breton goals came from Giovanni Fiore, Massimo Carozza and Marcus Tesink. Kyle Jessiman made 30 stops in the loss.
- Saint John erased a 2-0 second period deficit to earn this win the hard way. Noel's winner also came less than a minute after Tesink tied the game.
- The Sea Dogs gave up a very un-Sea Dogs like 42 shots in this game. They were outshot for just the second time all season and the first time on home ice,
- The reason for the Sea Dogs giving up so many shots no doubt had a bit to do with the team's depleted defence unit. The team's third pairing was call-up Ian Smallwood and forward Kyle Ward.
- The 42 shots Bishop faced was a season high.
- Saint John's power play came through when it had to, going 2-for-7.
- Joseph has now scored 21 goals in 22 games this season, a league high.
- Couple tweets worth noting:
#QMJHL #LHJMQ CAP/SNB: If @SJSeaDogs Mathieu Joseph gets another penalty shot, he might want to decline. Had his 3rd of year, 6th of career— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) November 24, 2016
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs host the Quebec Remparts on Friday night at 7 p.m.#QMJHL #LHJMQ CAP/SNB: If @SJSeaDogs Mathieu Joseph gets another penalty shot, he might want to decline. Had his 3rd of year, 6th of career— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) November 24, 2016