SHAWINGAN- The Screaming Eagles struck first, and last, en route to breaking a three game losing streak and defeating the Shawinigan Cataractes 3-2 on Saturday evening.
Cape Breton heavily outshot Shawinigan in the opening period, although the best early chance may not have registered as a shot on goal when Eagle forward Gabriel Proulx rang it off the crossbar. The Eagles would convert on the power play to take the lead when Drake Batherson blasted it from the top of the circle at the 14:07 mark.
Kyle Jessiman would be significantly tested at least once, when Sacha Roy would take down Samuel Asselin and the Catractes forward was awared a penalty shot. But Jessiman would win the showdown as Asselin would send the puck through the blue paint but wide of the goal. This game marked the first time in the 2017-18 campaign that the Screaming Eagles were not tied after the opening period.
Jessiman would make his share of highlight reels in the second period, but the Catractes would pull into the lead with two goals separated by just ten seconds. The Eagles had their chances when Shawinigan captain Gabriel Sylvestre was in the penalty box, but the Cataractes captain would find himself alone at the blueline coming out of the box and he raced in to beat Jessiman with his backhand.
The Cataractes pulled ahead not long after, when Jeremy Manseau would hit former Eagle Vasily Glotov with a cross ice pass and the Cats took their first lead of the game at the 13:59 of the middle stanza. However, Cape Breton would find a tying goal when blueliner Adam McCormick snuck into the play and converted a pass from behind the net from Egor Sokolov to square the affair.
Both teams had their chances in the third frame but the game tightened up, with the Eagles outshooting the Cataractes 9-7. It would be Cape Breton’s Jordan Ty Fournier that would find the winning goal, banging it home in a scramble to put the Screaming Eagles ahead for good with under three minutes to play.
Jessiman picked up the win, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Lucas Fitzpatrick was tagged with the loss after stopping 30 of 33 shots.
Cape Breton finishes the road trip with a visit to Drummondville on Sunday, and puck drop is 4 PM Atlantic time. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 3:30 on 1270 AM CJCB or online at http://www.cjcbradio.com.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Drake Batherson (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 5 shots
2. Lucas Fitzpatrick (Shawinigan) 30 saves on 33 shots
3. Jordan Ty Fournier (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 5 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Kyle McGrath (broken collarbone), Ryan MacLellan, Justin Lazure
Scratches For Shawinigan: Samuel Bier, Jason Horvath, Frédérik Théorêt, Jan Drozg (injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 33-26
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/4
Shawinigan Power Play: 0/3