Eagles Begin Home Stand With Loss To Saint John

– The first two career goals from Saint John forward Alexis Cournoyer helped pace the Sea Dogs to a 7-2 win.

– Eagles defenseman Tomas Lavoie scored his first career goal, and FJ Buteau scored in his return to the lineup having not played since opening night due to injury. Eagles forward Samuel Johnson notched his 100th career point, assisting on the Lavoie goal.

– The Eagles recalled Cameron Henderson for the game, he posted a rating -1 with one hit.

– Oliver Satny was pulled after allowing five goals on 12 shots, while Nicolas Ruccia stopped 9 of 11 in relief.

– Eriks Mateiko, Nate Tivey, Brady Burns, and Noah Reinhart also registered multi-point nights for Saint John.

– Eagles continue their home stand tomorrow night against Halifax (see below for ticketing information and information on the first ever Reconciliation at the Rink event at the Nest.)

The visitors took control of the game early, with two goals 44 seconds apart in the opening six minutes. First it was Burns capitalizing on a turnover deep in the Eagles zone, and then Cournoyer had his first in the QMJHL when Satny got a piece of the puck with his glove, but the rebound was scooped by up the Saint John forward at the left side of the net. His second goal would come from the opposite side before period’s end to make it 3-0.

Saint John added to the lead in the middle stanza after a four on four sequence- Cam MacDonald jumped on the ice after his penalty expired and put the puck through Satny seven seconds into the power play. Buteau’s blast from between the circles put the Eagles on the board, but was soon equalized by Sam-Luca Thifault, spelling the end of the night for Satny.  Before period’s end, Cole Burbidge took advantage of open space in front of the goal to sweep around Ruccia to make it 6-1.

Both teams scored in the opening two minutes of the third period, but not after. Lavoie’s first goal came at the 1:48 mark, a shot from the blueline through traffic. The enthusiasm was tempered when Owen Arnold was given a checking to the head penalty following the centre ice faceoff, and six seconds into the ensuing man advantage Eriks Mateiko made it a 7-2 game to conclude the scoring.

The Eagles continue their home stand tomorrow night as the arch-rival Mooseheads visit the Nest. It’s the first ever Reconciliation at the rink night at Centre 200. There will be representation from the five First Nations in Cape Breton and the Eagles will be wearing special Eagle jerseys designed by Waycobah First Nation artist Loretta Gould. It’s also four for $50 Friday, four tickets available for $50. Tickets can be purchased at They are also available for purchase in person at the Centre 200 box office and by the phone during box office hours at 902-564-2200

1. Alexis Cournoyer (Saint John) 2 goals, 2 shots
2. Nikolas Hurtubise (Saint John) 36 saves on 38 shots
3. FJ Buteau (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 shot, 1 hit

Scratches For Cape Breton: Luke Patterson (upper body injury), Trevor Thurston (upper body injury), Preston Pattengale, Gio DiMattia, Alex Campbell

Scratches For Saint John: Jeremie Richard (injury), Tomasz Szczerba (injury),, Jared Cosman  (injury), Olivier Brideau, Vince Élie

Final Shots On Goal: 38-23 in favour of Cape Breton

Cape Breton Power Play: 0/5

Saint John Power Play:  2/3

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