#17: GREAT FRIDAY
On March 3rd, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will host a special 20th anniversary game against the Halifax Mooseheads. The Eagles are rolling back the clock two decades as fans will be able to attend the March 3rd contest at 1997 ticket prices. There will plenty of prizes and giveaways as well as live entertainment in the main concourse. Leading up to the big anniversary game we are counting down the top 20 moments in the history of the franchise.
#17: GREAT FRIDAY
On March 29th, 2002, Good Friday turned to Great Friday at Centre 200 thanks to some overtime magic.
In the opening round of the 2002 playoffs, the Screaming Eagles were watched up with a famliar foe- the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. The then Dillio Conference rivals entered the league together in 1997, and had many physical battles in their first five years of existence. Both clubs had come of age by their fifth season and with just five points separating them in the regular season, a nail biting encounter was expected.
After dropping the opening contest at Centre 200, the Eagles squared the affair thanks to Jean-François Dufort’s overtime winner in game two. Cape Breton then took two wins at the Centre Henry-Leonard, no easy task given Baie-Comeau’s .722 winning percentage at home in 2001-02.
The Eagles returned home with a chance to clinch a series that was much closer than their 3-1 lead indicated. Two goals from Dominic Noel paced Cape Breton to a 4-2 lead, but just as they had in game two, Baie-Comeau rallied to tie the game, in part due to a goal with one second left in the second period from Yanick Lehoux.
But thankfully for the 4842 fans in attendance, the stress of the extra session would not last long. At the 4:32 mark of the fourth period, the puck came to fourth year Eagle forward Pierre-Luc Laprise who ripped a shot through traffic into the top corner over netminder Michel Bergevin-Robinson. Laprise slid the length of the ice in celebration, and was mobbed by his teammates as Cape Breton was on to round two.
Almost six years to the day later (March 31st, 2008), the Eagles would finish another series in extra time, as Cape Breton native Murdock MacLellan scored at 9:46 to secure a 2-1 win, and a 4-2 series victory, over the Lewiston MAINEiacs in Sydney.
Click Here For The Box Score Of Cape Breton’s Victory Over Baie-Comeau