SYDNEY, NS – William Carrier recorded four assists as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-2 on Friday night at Centre 200 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Carrier helped setup Cape Breton’s first four goals of the game while the fifth was an empty netter by Alexandre Lavoie. Kyle Farrell and Lavoie each had two goals while Jakub Culek added a solo marker.
David Honzik got the start in net for the Eagles but was pulled after allowing two goals on five shots in the first period. Philippe Trudeau had a solid relief performance, making 17 saves.
It wasn’t the greatest night offensively for Saint John as veteran forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Stephen MacAulay, and Ryan Tesink were all held pointless. Marcus Cuomo and Noah Zilbert scored for the Sea Dogs. Sebastien Auger made 28 stops in the loss.
The Eagles opened the scoring in what was a wild first period. Four goals were scored between the 5:03 and 7:25 marks. The Dogs entered the second period in a 2-2 tie but would never score again.
The loss, Saint John’s third straight, drops them to 10-12-0-0 on the season.
Saint John headed to the power play at 2:44 after Marcus Cuomo was hit by Billy Hartley. The Dogs didn’t get a whole lot going on the man advantage.
Alexandre Lavoie capitalized on a Saint John turnover at 5:03. He backhanded the puck past Sea Dogs goaltender Sebastien Auger to make it a 1-0 Cape Breton lead.
Not long after at 6:19, Cuomo, who was injured just a few minutes before, backhanded the puck past Eagles ‘tender David Honzik to tie things up at 1-1.
The scoring fest continued at 7:03 as Jakub Culek got the Eagles back in front, making it a 2-1 game.
The goals did not stop there. Noah Zilbert netted his first career goal at 7:25 to make it a 2-2 contest. That would be the end of Honzik’s night as Philippe Trudeau took over the net. Honzik allowed two goals on five shots.
William Carrier had a great chance moments later but Auger made a nice toe save. Some rough stuff at 9:49 resulted in a couple of minor penalties.
Soon after, Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink had a two-on-one. Huberdeau fed Tesink but he couldn’t burry it.
Saint John went back to the power play at 13:53 as Jonathan Oligny headed off. The Dogs had a few more chances this time around but nothing spectacular.
Lavoie had a great chance late in the period but sent it wide of the goal. Kevin Gagne also had a solid scoring opportunity in the final seconds but could not connect.
Shots in the first were 10-9 in favour of Saint John.
Cape Breton headed to their first power play of the night at 2:15. Stephen MacAulay had a great shorthanded chance but the puck went wide of the net. That was the most eventful thing to happen during the two-minute frame.
Around the halfway mark of the period, Auger made a couple of quick pad saves to keep the match tied. Then Cuomo made a lovely toe drag to get by a defenseman as he crossed the blue line and fired a hard shot on net that was stopped by Trudeau.
The Eagles headed back to the man advantage at 14:44 as Andreas Tsogkas headed off. Kyle Farrell got past the Saint John defense and deked out Auger at 16:03 to give Cape Breton a 3-2 advantage.
Some rough stuff at the 19-minute mark saw Cole Murphy and Olivier LeBlanc both sent to the box.
Shots in the second period were 12-8 Cape Breton.
Cape Breton went back to the power play at 4:46 as Ryan Tesink headed to the sin bin for roughing. Auger made a big time save on Brett Malone who was parked at the top of the crease to keep the Dogs within one.
Farrell then had a partial break but Steven Duda managed to get over in time, forcing the Eagles forward to throw a shot on net that was stopped by Auger.
Soon after, Tesink had a chance on a three-on-one but fired wide.
At 11:33, Devin Oliver-Dares was robbed by Trudeau in front. Some rough stuff then broke out with Oliver-Dares and Jonathan Oligny heading off for roughing. During the four-on-four, the puck snuck past Auger but David Weckworth made a nice play to keep it out.
The Eagles made it a 4-2 contest at 12:46 as Farrell scored his second of the contest. Carrier picked up his fourth assist of the game on the goal.
The Dogs went to the power play at 13:48. That ended when Zilbert went to the box at 15:40.
Saint John called a time out with 1:17 left in the third and Auger stayed on the bench. But the Dogs could not tie it, and at 19:59, Lavoie iced the game with an empty net marker to make it a 5-2 final.
Shots in the third were 12-4 Cape Breton.
Saint John went 0-for-2 on the power play while Cape Breton went 1-for-4.
NOTES: See Sea Dogs Postscript tomorrow on SN.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs battle the Titan in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
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Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation