Adam’s late goal not enough as Sea Dogs edge Ea­gles

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY SCOTT BRIGGS

SAINT JOHN (N.B.) – In a hard­fought game that had the in­ten­sity of a play­off bat­tle, the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles 3-2 Fri­day night be­fore 4,515 fans at Har­bour Sta­tion in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League action.

The Port City squad, win­ners of seven straight, held pe­riod leads of 1-0 and 3-1 while im­prov­ing to 468-1-0. The Scream­ing Ea­gles fell to 31-20-2-3 and lost their sec­ond straight. The clubs have a re­match Sun­day at 4 p.m.

“I think the ef­fort was there,” Cape Bre­ton head coach Mario Durocher said. “ We were phys­i­cal and that’s what we wanted to do. We have a big team and we have to cre­ate the bat­tles in the cor­ner by dump­ing the puck and fin­ish­ing our checks.

“ We didn’t build this team to be pretty. We built this team to use our big bodies. I think tonight was good play­off prepa­ra­tion for us. We can build on (our ef­fort.)”

Sea Dogs for­ward Steven An­thony was called for slash­ing at 10:32 of the first pe­riod, but with 1:19 left in his sen­tence, Saint John cen­tre Mike Hoff­man scored a short-handed marker for his team-lead­ing 36th goal of the sea­son. The 20-year-old Ottawa Se­na­tors prospect gained pos­ses­sion of the puck just out­side the Cape Bre­ton blue-line and moved into the of­fen­sive zone be­fore un­leash­ing a slap­shot that beat Scream­ing Ea­gles net­min­der Olivier Roy high to the glove side.

Durocher stood on his team’s bench and hollered at the of­fi­cials, ar­gu­ing that Saint John for­ward Ni­cholas Pard was off­side on the play.

When play re­sumed, the Sea Dogs pro­ceeded to kill the rest of the penalty and main­tained their 1-0 lead through the first 20 min­utes.

Cape Bre­ton evened the af­fair when 20-year-old for­ward Nick MacNeil scored dur­ing a two-man ad­van­tage at 10:42 of the sec­ond pe­riod. The equal­izer came af­ter Mike Thomas took two for board­ing, fol­lowed by an el­bow­ing mi­nor to Pard 32 sec­onds later.

MacNeil was called for in­ter­fer­ence at 12:57 of the mid­dle ses­sion, and the Sea Dogs cashed in on the en­su­ing power play. Saint John de­fence­man Si­mon De­spres had the puck in the neu­tral zone and fed it to part­ner Kevin Gagne, who then one-touched a per­fect pass to Pard.

From there, Pard didn’t break stride as he flew into the of­fen­sive zone and snapped one past Roy for a 2-1 lead at 14:34.

Fredericton’s Zack Phillips made it 3-1 with 1:40 left in the sec­ond stanza, bang­ing home the re­bound of Yann Sauve’s point shot. Gagne picked up his sec­ond as­sist on the play.

It ap­peared the hosts had taken a three-goal lead with just over a minute left in the sec­ond, but the tally was called back on ac­count of a goal­tender in­ter­fer­ence call on 19-year-old cen­tre Michael Kirk­patrick of North Syd­ney.

The Sea Dogs held their twogoal lead through 40 min­utes and then killed the rest of Kirk­patrick’s penalty for the first 45 sec­onds of the third pe­riod.

The home team had to kill an­other penalty when rookie winger Jonathan Hu­berdeau was called for hook­ing near the nine­minute mark.

PORT HAWKES­BURY — Four­point nights by Devin Landry and Josh McGrath led the Strait Pi­rates in their 11-0 thump­ing of the Glace Bay Ju­nior Min­ers in Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League play Fri­day at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre.

Both Landry and McGrath had three goals and an as­sist in the tri­umph. Kyle MacMullin scored twice, Johnny Cara­bin scored and chipped in two as­sists, Evan Spar­ling had a goal and a helper, while Brent Fraser rounded out the on­slaught with a sin­gle tally.

The Pi­rates held leads of 4-0 af­ter the first and 6-0 af­ter the sec­ond.

Alex Drake posted the win in goal and split du­ties with Dwight Howlett, com­bin­ing for eight saves.

For the Min­ers, Bren­nan Late was bom­barded with 53 shots and made 42 saves in the loss. He was re­placed by Scott MacDon­ald at 11:09 of the third, who de­flected five shots in re­lief.

The Min­ers con­tinue play tonight at the Bay­plex in Glace Bay when they host the Antigonish Bull­dogs at 8 p.m.

Matthew Sher­wood/Tele­graph-Jour­nal

Saint John Sea Dogs for­ward Michael Kirk­patrick of North Syd­ney, right, pushes past Luke Adam of the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles dur­ing a Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League game Fri­day at Har­bour Sta­tion. The Sea Dogs won the game, 3-2.

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