Busy Devils burned in shootout

Brendan McCarthy
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St. John's Fog Devils' head coach Real Paiement didn't refer much about the numbers on the scoreboard after after watching his team suffer its fourth exhibition loss in five games in Sydney, N.S., Wednesday night.

He was, however, pointing to the numbers on the odometre of the team's bus.

"Regardless of whether we've won or lost, when you look at how many games we've played and how far we've travelled to play them, you've got to respect and admire the effort our players have given this week," said Paiement after the Fog Devils fell 5-4 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a shootout at Centre 200.

St. John's Fog Devils' head coach Real Paiement didn't refer much about the numbers on the scoreboard after after watching his team suffer its fourth exhibition loss in five games in Sydney, N.S., Wednesday night.

He was, however, pointing to the numbers on the odometre of the team's bus.

"Regardless of whether we've won or lost, when you look at how many games we've played and how far we've travelled to play them, you've got to respect and admire the effort our players have given this week," said Paiement after the Fog Devils fell 5-4 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a shootout at Centre 200.

The Devils and Eagles hook up again tonight in Sydney in what will be a sixth game in five nights for St. John's, two split squads having played simultaneously in Halifax and New Glasgow on Tuesday.

After the game, the team reboards the bus and heads for North Sydney and the Gulf ferry. Following an overnight crossing, the Devils will have about 800 kilometers remaining on what for about half the team will have been a 10-day, 3,000-kilometre round-trip that began in St. John's last week, with a turnaround at Summerside, P.E.I., site of the early part of the club's training camp and its first two pre-season games.

On Wednesday night, the Fog Devils rallied from a 4-2 deficit to force a shootout that ended when Cape Breton's Kyle Mariani beat Jake Allen for the lone goal of the session.

Wes Welcher, Olivier Guilbault, Pier-Antoine Dion and Jon Caul had the Fog Devils' goals, with Dion, St. John's first pick in the 2007 QMJHL draft, adding two assists.

Jeremy Gouchie, Olivier Dame-Malka, Nicholas Chouinard and Nick MacNeil scored for Cape Breton.

The Screaming Eagles outshot the Fog Devils 42-19, and Paiement had particular praise for the work of Allen, who gave up just one regulation goal in 30-plus minutes of work, and starter Bradley Dyke.

Allen and Dyke are seen as the main contenders for the backup job to No. 1 netminder Timo Pielmeier, who is scheduled to report to training camp next week.

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There were two more cuts from the Devils' pre-season roster Wednesday, as goalie Jon MacDonald and forward Colin MacKinnon, both members of the Cape Breton Major Midget Tradesmen last season and 2007 draft choices, were let go. MacKinnon was St. John's fourth-round pick, while the six-foot-four MacDonald was taken in the 10th round ... St. John's native Kyle Downer was the netminder of record for Cape Breton Wednesday. Downer allowed two goals after entering the game midway through the second, but stopped shootout attempts by Jon Reid, Louis-Marc Aubry and Tyler Gale.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Centre 200

Geographic location: St. John's, Sydney, Cape Breton Halifax New Glasgow North Sydney Summerside

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  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    B-Mac, you are one of the classiest reporters out there. Keep up the good work and the people in Fog Devil Nation updated with the mainland training camp.

  • Wince
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    It is sad that the boys had to go to Canada for the training camp, but we can count on B-Mac to keep us in the loop.

    Another excellent article. Well done.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    B-Mac, you are one of the classiest reporters out there. Keep up the good work and the people in Fog Devil Nation updated with the mainland training camp.

  • Wince
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    It is sad that the boys had to go to Canada for the training camp, but we can count on B-Mac to keep us in the loop.

    Another excellent article. Well done.