Maxim Cajkovic scored his first career hat trick in the QMJHL on Thursday night in a lopsided loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-3. Saint John remains three points back of the Shawinigan Cataractes for the final playoff spot and will take on Cape Breton again tomorrow night at 7PM.
Saint John opened the scoring when Cajkovic scored his first of the night at 3:19. Deakin-Poot was credited with the assist, his 31st point of the season.
Cape Breton got on the board with quick back-to-back goals at 14:24 and 15:32 from Sokolov and Proulx to take a 2-1 lead.
With four minutes to go in the first Cajkovic potted his second of the game with another assist from Deakin-Poot, tying the game at 2-2.
Saint John was out shot 16-7 in the frame.
The second period was all Screaming Eagles with a pair of goals coming from Isiah Campbell and Shaun Miller adding his first of two in the game to make it 5-2 Cape Breton.
Just 24 seconds into the third Campbell would score his third of the game to complete the hat trick and make it 6-2 Cape Breton.
Maxim Cajkovic would match the effort with his own hat trick at 12:50 with the assist going to William Poirier. Cajkovic now has 20 goals on the season, placing him third overall in rookie goals.
The Screaming Eagles added four more in the third period from Shaun Miller, Mitchell Balmas, former Sea Dog Nathan Larose, and Isiah Campbell with his fourth for a final score of 10-3
Bouthillier had 38 saves for Saint John while Mandolese stopped 17 for the win.
Alpine 3 Stars
1 – Isiah Campbell
2 – Maxim Cajkovic
3 – Shaun Miller
Saint John and Cape Breton take the ice again tomorrow night at 7PM at Centre 200.