January 22, 2013,
SYDNEY, NS – The Saint John Sea Dogs were at Centre 200 in Sydney to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Tuesday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action with the Screaming Eagles taking the contest 2-1.
Pierre Durepos scored the lone goal for the Sea Dogs and Alex Fournier made 35 saves while facing 37 shots in the loss. Saint John dropped to 19-27-0-0.
Charles-Eric Légaré and Justin Hache responded for Cape Breton. David Honzik made 25 saves on 26 shots in the win as the Screaming Eagles snapped a 10-game losing streak and climbed to 10-29-3-5.
Durepos opened the scoring with the Sea Dogs making it 1-0 6:16 into the first period. The game’s opening goal came just 17 seconds into the Sea Dogs first power play of the game. Jakub Izacky and Olivier LeBlanc assisted on Durepos’ fourth goal of the year.
Oliver Cooper and Raphaël Corriveau dropped the mitts in a heavyweight matchup at 14:38 of the first.
Less than a minute later, the Screaming Eagles capitalized as Légaré tied the game at 1-1 at 15:16.
Fournier turned aside 12 of 13 shots he faced in the first, as Honzik kept 7 of 8 pucks out of the net.
Hache fired a bullet from the point that beat Fournier to make it 2-1 Screaming Eagles at 8:47 of the middle frame.
A surprising, but spirited fight between LeBlanc and Clark Bishop, two 16-year-olds, brought the physicality up a notch in the second period at 10:38.
Maxime Villemaire made a great defensive play to get the puck out of the zone on the penalty kill and speed up the ice for a breakaway on Honzik. The big goaltender stood tall, stopping both of Villemaire’s chances to keep the Eagles in the lead.
The third was scoreless, despite some heavy, heavy offensive pressure from the Sea Dogs late in the game.
Izacky had a great breakaway chance, but was stymied by the glove of Honzik just past the halfway point of the final frame.
It was almost all Sea Dogs for the final five minutes, but the Eagles defence and Honzik combined to stop all of the Dogs seven shots on goal in the period.
The boys return to Harbour Station Saturday night to take on the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available at the Harbour Station box office, online at tickets.harbourstation.ca or by calling 657-1234.