The Saint John Sea Dogs (20-12-1-0) fell to the Cape Breton Eagles (23-13-2-1) on Wednesday night at TD Station. An early goal from Josh Lawrence and a third period goal from Dawson Stairs were not enough to overcome the early lead established by the Eagles and the Sea Dogs fell 7-2 in the first game of a home and home against Cape Breton.
Ben Badalamenti did not skate in the game due to an injury. Maxim Cajkovic returned to the lineup after playing for Slovakia at the World Juniors.
Zachary Bouthillier gets the start for the Sea Dogs but was pulled in the first period after allowing four goals on nine shots and was replaced by Noah Patenaude who stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced in the 7-2 loss. Kevin Mandolese started in net for Cape Breton.
The Eagles opened the scoring when Ivan Ivan picked up a cross-crease pass and sent it into the open side of the net at 2:27.
An interference penalty to Nicholas Deakin-Poot sent the Sea Dogs to the penalty kill at 2:45.
Josh Lawrence tied the game up at one, scoring his fourth goal in the last three games and his 30th point of the season, sending the puck through Kevin Mandolese’s five-hole at 6:11.
The tie was short lived, only 14 seconds later Adam McCormick fired the puck past Bouthillier’s shoulder.
Two goals from Egor Sokolov spelled the end of the night for Bouthillier and he was replaced by Noah Patenaude at 15:26.
Shots after the first period were 14-5 for the Eagles.
Former Sea Dog Nathan Larose scored early in the period, sending the puck through Patenaude’s five-hole.
The Sea Dogs went to the power play for the first time of the night at 6:18 when Liam Kidney went to the box for hooking.
Egor Sokolov scored his third goal of the night, completing his hat trick, just after the penalty ended at 8:56.
Logan Kelly-Murphy was sent to the box at 17:02 giving the Sea Dogs their second power play opportunity of the night.
Shots after the second period were 21-14 for the Eagles.
Dawson Stairs cut the Eagles lead by one at 3:12, picking up a rebound in front of the net and firing it past Mandolese. The Sea Dogs offence built some momentum, creating opportunities in the Eagles zone.
Shawn Element cut the Sea Dogs’ momentum short with a goal at 9:34.
The Sea Dogs power play came out for the third time after Xavier Bouchard was sent to the box for interference at 11:59.
With 2:28 remaining, the Sea Dogs went to the power play after a call against Ivan Ivan for hooking.
Final shots were 35-25 for the Eagles.
Full Stats & Highlights
Alpine 3 Stars
1 Egor Sokolov (3G 1A)
2 Adam McCormick (1G 2A)
3 Mathias Laferrière (2A)
The Sea Dogs will look for a better result when they face off against the Eagles again on Friday, January 10th in Cape Breton. Follow the game online at sjseadogs.com/live