SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs opened up the second half of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season with a 2-1 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Thursday night.
Phelix Martineau scored 1:36 into overtime to give the Screaming Eagles the extra point. The goal ended Cape Breton's five-game losing streak.
Martineau scored the Screaming Eagles' other goal as well, a second period marker that tied the game at 1-1. Kevin Mandolese made 20 stops in the victory.
Cedric Pare scored Saint John's lone goal in the first period. Matt Williams had a busy night in his first star performance, making 45 stops in the loss.
The loss ended Saint John's two-game winning streak.
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The Sea Dogs were without defencemen Radim Salda (world juniors), Zachary Leclerc (healthy) and Samuel Duchesne (injury); and forwards Ostap Safin (world juniors), Nick Deakin-Poot (upper body), Yohan Plamondon (healthy) and Landon Quinney (healthy).
The 47 shots faced and 45 saves made were both career highs for Matt Williams... former Sea Dogs defenceman Ian Smallwood had an assist on Cape Breton's first goal... Phelix Martineau now has two goals and three assists against Saint John this season... Cedric Pare has points in five straight games. He has accumulated two goals and six assists during that span.
The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night at 7 p.m.