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QMJHL: Sea Dogs top Screaming Eagles after Cape Breton involved in labour dispute

Friday, 11.02.2012 / 11:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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QMJHL: Sea Dogs top Screaming Eagles after Cape Breton involved in labour dispute

The focus was back on playing hockey Friday night in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Marcus Cuomo, Kevin Gagne and Jakub Izacky all scored unanswered goals for Saint John as the Sea Dogs raced out to a 6-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The Screaming Eagles had made headlines earlier Friday as the Canadian Hockey League Players' Association withdrew its application to Nova Scotia's government to unionize the Sydney-based club.

Labour Department spokesman Kevin Finch says a certification vote planned for Friday was called off when the application was withdrawn.

In the game, Saint John took a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals from Stephen MacAulay, Ryan Tesink and Michael Mastrangelo.

William Carrier replied for Cape Breton at the 15:10 mark of the first, then Alexandre Lavoie scored a power-play goal in the second to make it 3-2.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Moncton 11 Shawinigan 2; Blainville-Boisbriand 6 P.E.I. 5; Quebec 8 Acadie-Bathurst 3; Val-d'Or 6 Victoriaville 4; Baie-Comeau 7 Chicoutimi 1; Drummondville 4 Rouyn-Noranda 2 and Gatineau 5 Sherbrooke 4.

At Sydney, Sebastien Auger made 23 saves for the Sea Dogs (9-8-0) to earn the win.

Philippe Trudeau started in net and stopped 22-of-28 shots for the Screaming Eagles (5-9-4) but was pulled after 50:20 of work. He was replaced by Alex Bureau, who turned aside all four shots he faced.

Wildcats 11 Cataractes 2

At Moncton, N.B., Allain Saulnier had a hat trick and two assists as the Wildcats (10-8-0) rocked Shawinigan (2-13-2).

Armada 6 Rocket 5

At Charlottetown, Christopher Clapperton scored three times as Blainville-Boisbriand (13-3-2) eked out a win over P.E.I. (11-6-1).

Remparts 8 Titan 3

At Bathurst, N.B., Adam Erne had a hat trick for Quebec (13-3-0) as the Remparts toppled the Titan (7-8-4).

Foreurs 6 Tigres 4

At Victoriaville, Que., Vincent Dunn and Anton Zlobin had a goal and two assists each as Val-d'Or (8-7-2) downed the Tigres (7-7-3).

Drakkar 7 Sagueneens 1

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Valentin Zykov and Petr Straka both scored twice as the Drakkar (10-4-2) sank Chicoutimi (6-9-3).

Voltigeurs 4 Huskies 2

At Drummondville, Que., Jerome Verrier scored the eventual winner on the power play as the Voltigeurs (9-8-0) handled Rouyn-Noranda (13-4-1).

Olympiques 5 Phoenix 4

At Gatineau, Que., Martin Reway struck twice as the Olympiques (6-9-1) fended off a Sherbrooke (3-14-2) rally.

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