FINAL: Saint John 6, Cape Breton 5
Marsh bookended the scoring on Thursday as he opened things up and ended it. The rookie now has an impressive nine goals on the season.
Marsh’s performance proved to be the most normal thing to happen in this game. It was a back-and-forth contest with neither team leading by more than one goal throughout. The third was especially crazy with a plethora of minor penalties, major penalties and game misconducts handed out after a fairly tame opening 40 minutes.
Along with Marsh, Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Matthew Highmore and Olivier LeBlanc also scored. Blade Mann-Dixon made his second career start and earned his first victory, making 29 stops.
The Eagles had a hat trick from Evgeny Svechnikov while singles came from Maxim Lazarev and Loik Leveille. Francois Brassard made 14 saves in 40:17 of action while Miguel Sullivan made 11 stops in 15:20 of action.
Marsh opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first period, firing the puck after accepting a drop pass from Nathan Noel. Cape Breton tied it at 10:19 as Svechnikov connected to make it 1-1. Saint John retook the lead at 16:56 when Chabot beat Brassard through a screen.
Shots were 10-9 Saint John in the first period.
36 seconds into the second, Lazarev scored to tie things up at 2-2. After successfully killing off a few penalties, Dove-McFalls put in a Juraj Siska rebound to give Saint John a 3-2 advantage at 12:03. Cape Breton would battle back again though. Less than two minutes after Dove-McFalls’ goal, Leveille scored to make it 3-3. But Highmore’s five-hole goal at 16:26 put Saint John back up by one, 4-3.
Shots in the second were 10-10.
Noel received a five-minute major and game misconduct at 11:00 following a hit on Cameron Darcy. 22 seconds into the man advantage, Svechnikov tipped in a Jason Bell point shot to tie it up at 4-4.
At 11:46, Sullivan, the Eagles netminder that replaced Brassard in the second, was given a five minute major and game misconduct for punching Highmore with his blocker. At 12:29, LeBlanc was called for diving to send Cape Breton back to the power play. At 13:02, Svechnikov completed his hat trick to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.
Saint John tied it at 14:23 on a power play of their own. A LeBlanc point shot flew past Brassard to make it 5-5. Just over a minute later, Marsh sped through the Cape Breton defense and netted his second of the contest to put the Dogs back in front. Mann-Dixon would keep his team in the lead the rest of the way.
Shots were 15-11 Eagles in the third and 34-31 overall.
Saint John went 1-for-3 on the power play while Cape Breton went 2-for-6.