Screaming Eagles Set To Visit Saint John For Final Time This Season
One week ago tonight, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles began a three game home stand against the Saint John Sea Dogs. Seven days after that meeting, the Screaming Eagles are taking a break from the home stand for a visit Saint John for the final time this season.
Ahead of four straight home games, Cape Breton heads into Harbour Station having gone 2-1 during the past stretch at Centre 200. It began with a 3-2 overtime victory over Saint John, and then splitting a set of games against Bathurst and Sherbrooke on the weekend. Saint John has played once since the loss in Sydney, falling 5-2 on home ice against Charlottetown on Friday night. It was the fifth straight loss for the Sea Dogs. With Shawinigan earning a point in an overtime loss to Québec last night, Saint John has dropped to last place in the QMJHL.
The Dogs were fortunate to earn a point at Centre 200 seven days ago, rallying from down 2-0 and forcing overtime despite being outshot 51-17. Alex D’Orio was spectacular in goal for Saint John, turning aside 48 shots. Egor Sokolov played the hero for the Screaming Eagles, scoring the winning goal with .2 seconds remaining in the overtime session.
Cape Breton also received production that night from Mathias Laferrière, who notched two assists and is currently on a four game point streak. Laferrière’s current linemate Isiah Campbell has also contributed recently, coming off a three point outing against Sherbrooke. It’s the first game in the Port City for Campbell since he was traded by the Sea Dogs to the Screaming Eagles.
Currently the Screaming Eagles are in 12th spot in the QMJHL, tied with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and two points behind the Moncton Wildcats who visit Bathurst tonight. The Eagles record is 23-22-6, with an 11-13-2 record on the road. Saint John is in 18th place, 15-32-4 overall and 6-12-6 at home. Sea Dogs forwards Nick Deakin-Poot, Landon Quinney, and Cole Reginato remained sidelined with long term injuries.
This season the Eagles have won four of six contests against Saint John, including all three in New Brunswick. Two of those victories required extra time. All six games between the two sides have been decided by two goals or less.
Tonight’s contest goes at 7 PM, and you can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show on 1270 CJCB with Patrick McNeil. Go Eagles Go!