The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Cape Breton Eagles for the second game in a row on Sunday afternoon by a score of 8-3. Saint John is now 2-2-0-0 to start the 2019-20 season while Cape Breton remains undefeated.
Sea Dogs head coach Josh Dixon altered the Saint John lineup slightly after last night’s 6-5 loss to Cape Breton, opting to ice seven defencemen and 11 forwards. Jordan Spadafore returned from a recent four game suspension filling the 7th defenceman role. Alexis Belisle made his 2019-20 regular season debut while Gould and Vander Voet had the afternoon off after playing Saturday night.
Noah Patenaude made his QMJHL regular season debut in net for Saint John giving starting goaltender Zachary Bouthillier some rest after the Maple Leafs prospect recorded 48 saves in last night’s game.
Saint John were again without James White (suspension) and Maxim Cajkovic (lower body).
Cape Breton jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Derek Gentile and Shawn Boudrias 14 minutes in.
Saint John responded after a sluggish start when Joshua Roy broke into the Eagles Zone and dangled around the Cape Breton defender before sniping the puck past William Grimard for his second of the year, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Eagles led the shots on goal in the first, 10-6.
Cape Breton peeled momentum back on goals from Egor Sokolov and Ivan Ivan at 4:43 and 6:46 of the second period.
Shawn Boudrias would make it 5-1 Eagles on a power play marker at 10:23.
Saint John started to climb back with a power play goal from Jeremie Poirier at 13:47. Dawson Stairs took a Charlie DesRoches pass down low and fed it back to Poirier in the slot for his first of the season.
Felix Lafrance cut the comeback short though when he added another just a minute later to extend the lead back to four goals.
6-2 Eagles as they headed to the second. Shots in the period were 14-10 Cape Breton.
The third period opened with two quick goals from Shaun Miller at 0:45 and Ivan Ivan scoring his second of the game at 1:33 to make it 8-2 Eagles.
Captain Nicolas Guay knocked in a Brady Burns rebound at 6:32 for his second of the year, but it was too little too late.
Eagles take this one, 8-3 your final.
Patenaude played well in his debut making 37 stops. Grimard turned aside 21 for the win.
1 – Ryan Francis (4A)
2 – Shawn Boudrias (2G, 1A)
3 – Ivan Ivan (2G)
Saint John returns to the road on Thursday night when they visit the Charlottetown Islanders.