#16: 6-0? NOT FOR LONG…
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.
#16: 6-0? NOT FOR LONG…
Long nights can be common for fans of young, building junior hockey teams. October 7th 1998, looked like one of those at Centre 200 as the Sherbrooke Castors came to town- but instead those in attendance saw a comeback for the ages.
Goaltender Dany Lavoie kept those Eagle squads in a lot of games but had a rough start on this evening, allowing three goals in the first 7:35. He was replaced by affiliate netminder Nicolas Chatham, who would allow three goals on ten shots. When future Eagle David Cloutier beat Chatham, it gave Sherbrooke a 6-0 lead going into the intermission.
Lavoie was back in net to start the middle stanza. Jonathan Gagnon put the Eagles on the board at 3:42, and then the home side really kickstarted the rally with the power play. The Eagles were a given a 15 second two man advantage, and it was all that was needed as Yannick Carpentier scored at 6:34 to make it 6-2. Cape Breton would convert on the second power play as well, and following four goals in 78 seconds it was remarkably 6-5, before regulation was half over.
After more than 14 minutes without a goal, Centre 200 exploded when Philippe Tremblay tied the contest early in the final frame. Sherbrooke would show some resilience to pull ahead again, but 58 seconds later Alexandre Pagé tied the score at 12:10. A 7-7 contest seemed destined for overtime before Ryan Walsh completed a hat trick in the final two minutes. He’d assist on an empty net goal exactly a minute later, and Cape Breton pulled off the most improbable 9-7 victory.
The win over Sherbrooke opened a four game home stand that saw the Eagles go 4-0, outscoring opponents 21-5 in the final three outings. Walsh had three assists against the Castors in addition to his hat trick, and was the first Eagle to ever record six points in one game. Exactly seven days after the comeback, Walsh posted another sixpack in a 9-1 rout over Drummondville. There have been five six point nights by an Eagle since (most recently Giovanni Fiore on December 17th, 2016), but only Walsh can claim to have done it twice.