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By: Jeremy Fraser
The Saint John Sea Dogs scored three times in the first period as they went on to down the visiting Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-1 in front of 3,881 fans on hand at Harbour Station on Saturday.
Stephan MacAulay led the way for Saint John with two goals, while Jonathan Huberdeau and Kevin Gagné scored single markers for the Sea Dogs, who improve to 12-12-0-0 on the season.
Jakub Culek netted the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles, who fall to 7-15-2-3 on the year.
Saint John took a 1-0 lead at 8:05 of the first period as Stephen MacAulay scored his 12th goal of the season beating Screaming Eagles goaltender David Honzik, Jonathan Huberdeau and Pierre Durepos were given the assists.
The Sea Dogs would make the score 2-0 as captain Jonathan Huberdeau buried his 13th goal of the season at 11:25 of the opening period, Pierre Durepos and Kevin Gagné were awarded with the helpers on the goal.
Saint John took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission as Stephen MacAulay found the back of the net for his second goal of the game (13th of the season) with five seconds remaining in the period, the goal was unassisted.
Kevin Gagné put the hometown Sea Dogs up by four as he netted his fourth goal of the season at 4:18 of the second period, Stephen MacAulay found the score sheet with the lone assist.
Cape Breton would cut the Sea Dogs lead to three as Jakub Culek fired home his fourth goal of the season at 12:59 of the middle frame, Cole Murphy and Gareth Nicholson were given the helpers on the goal.
Sébastien Auger made 25 saves in the win for Saint John, his record improves to 12-9-0-0, while David Honzik turned aside 20 of 24 shots in the loss for Cape Breton, his record falls to 1-3-0-0.
The Screaming Eagles next game is Wednesday, November 28th when they host Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Game time is 7pm from Centre 200.
Saturday Night Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Michael Clarke, Kyle Campbell, Blake Millman, Philippe Trudeau and Simon Darveau (shoulder).
Not in the lineup for Saint John: Forwards, Devon Oliver-Dares, Andreas Tsogkas and MacKenzie Brown (knee), along with defensemen Steven Duda, Jason Seed and Benjamin Hade (upper body).
Sea Dogs Honour 1992 Allan Cup champions: The Saint John Sea Dogs honored the 1992 Allan Cup champion Saint John Vito’s during a pre-game ceremony at Harbour Station on Saturday. The club also wore special retro Vito’s jerseys for the occasion, which were auctioned off during the first and second intermissions.
Sea Dogs Debut: Matthew Highmore made his Saint John Sea Dogs debut on Saturday against Cape Breton. Highmore missed the start of the season due to off-season shoulder surgery. Sea Dogs defenseman Pierre Durepos also found his way back into the lineup. Durepos missed the start of the year due to a hip injury.
First Career QMJHL Point: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Gareth Nicholson picked up his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League point on Saturday. The 17-year-old Nicholson picked up an assist on Jakub Culek's goal at 12:59 of the second period. Nicholson was drafted by the Screaming Eagles at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round six, 107th overall.
Huberdeau Breaks Sea Dogs Record: Saint John Sea Dogs captain Jonathan Huberdeau set a Sea Dogs franchise record for assists on Saturday. Huberdeau with his assist on Stephen MacAulay's first goal of the game set the record passing North Sydney's Michael Kirkpatrick on the all-time Sea Dogs assists list. Huberdeau now has a total of 144 assists in 189 regular season games.
Point Streak Ends: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center Alexandre Lavoie's point streak came to an end on Saturday night. Lavoie had at least one point in 17 consecutive games heading into Saturday's meeting with the Sea Dogs.
Corriveau Given Game Misconduct: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles right winger Raphaël Corriveau was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier Leblanc from behind during the first period.
Final Shots On Goal: 26-24 in favor of Cape Breton.
Cape Breton went 0/4 on the power play, while Saint John went 0/2.
1st - (SNB) - Stephen MacAulay (2g 1a, 3pts)
2nd - (SNB) - Kevin Gagné (1g 1a, 2pts)
3rd - (SNB) - Jonathan Huberdeau (1g 1a, 2pts)
Attendance on Saturday night at Harbour Station - 3,881