Saturday, March 17, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 3-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Cape Breton 3
SYDNEY, NS - Luke Wilson scored twice in the Saint John Sea Dogs' Friday night loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Wilson scored the game's first goal and the last in the Sea Dogs' 3-2 road loss. Saint John has now lose 15 straight road games heading into Saturday's season finale, which will also be played at Sydney's Centre 200.

Wilson now has five goals and three assists in 37 games with Saint John. Wilson, along with other Christmas callups like Aiden MacIntosh and Kevin Mason, have given Sea Dogs fans some optimism heading into a long off-season.

Tommy DaSilva had a strong night in net, making 38 stops in the loss. With Alex D'Orio and Matthew Williams both injured, the Sea Dogs were forced to sign local high school goaltender Owen MacPhee as an emergency backup.

Cape Breton goals came from Phelix Martineau, Brooklyn Kalmikov and Isiah Campbell. Kevin Mandolese made 21 stops in the win.

Saint John must win Saturday's game to avoid setting the franchise record for fewest wins in a regular season.

The Sea Dogs were without forwards Yohan Plamondon (upper body), Matt Green (upper body), Landon Quinney (upper body), Nicholas Deakin-Poot (upper body) and Robbie Burt (healthy); and goaltenders Alex D'Orio (lower body) and Matthew Williams (injured).

Both D'Orio an Williams are expected to miss Saturday's game as well.

The Sea Dogs signed Owen MacPhee, a 17-year-old Cape Breton high school goaltender, as an emergency backup prior to the game... Sea Dogs head coach Josh Dixon served the second and final game of his two-game suspension... Saint John sits 18th overall heading into Saturday's action. Finishing 18th would give the team the best odds of winning the first overall pick in the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft... the Screaming Eagles are locked into the 12th seed.

The Sea Dogs close out the 2017-18 season tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Sydney.

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