DA SILVA STOPS 38 IN LOSS AT CAPE BRETON
SYDNEY, NS – Rookie goaltender Tommy Da Silva made 38 saves for the Saint John Sea Dogs in a 3-2 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Friday at Centre 200.
Brooklyn Kalmikov and Phelix Martineau had a goal and an assist each for Cape Breton (31-28-6-2). Former Sea Dog Isiah Campbell also scored while Egor Sokolov chipped in with two assists.
Luke Wilson had both goals for Saint John (14-42-9-2).
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring halfway through the first period.
Wilson grabbed a loose puck near the top of the right circle and fed Cole Reginato off the right side of the crease. The overager returned a cross-crease pass to Wilson who snapped it past the right leg of goaltender Kevin Mandolese.
The Screaming Eagles tied it two minutes later when Martineau, Cape Breton’s leading scorer, found the rebound of a Kalmikov shot that was stopped by Da Silva and slid it into an open net.
Kalmikov gave his team the lead nearly two minutes after that.
Sokolov fanned on a wrist shot in the left circle, but kept control of the puck and fed a pass across the top of the crease to Kalmikov for a tap-in.
It stayed a 2-1 game until five-and-a-half minutes into the third period where Cape Breton doubled its lead.
Defenceman Kyle Havlena carried the puck down the left wing and skated behind the net. He attempted a wraparound inside the left post, but Da Silva made the stop. The rebound went off Campbell’s skate and into the goal.
Wilson’s second of the game got the Sea Dogs back within one with more than three minutes left. The Bedford-native corralled a loose puck to the left side of the goal, spun and rifled a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Mandolese.
The Sea Dogs pulled Da Silva for an extra skater with under two minutes remaining, but could not tie the game.
Mandolese earned the win with 21 saves, and added an assist on the eventual game-winning goal. Da Silva, facing the team that drafted him last summer for the first time, took the loss with 38 stops.
Kalmikov was named first star with two points while Sokolov took second star with two assists. Wilson snared third star with two goals in front of 3,127 fans in attendance.
(Photo courtesy Mike Sullivan/Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)