DRUMMONDVILLE- In a day dominated by special teams action, it was a late even strength goal that would be the difference as the Drummondville Voltigeurs topped the Screaming Eagles 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
It was a power play goal that kicked off the scoring, as just eight seconds into an early man advantage Egor Sokolov would rip a shot through the legs of Volts’ netminder Daniel Moody. But Nicolas Guay would counter with his own power play marker at 9:18 to tie the game. The goal would be followed by some fireworks, with plenty of scrums, pushing, shoving, and a spirited scrap between Guay and Declan Smith.
1-1 was the score with two minutes remaining in the frame, but both teams had another power play goal left in them before period’s end. First it was Sokolov’s second of the night, his first career two goal game, to put Cape Breton ahead 2-1. But with under five seconds to play Bastian Eckl would rip a shot into the top corner and square the affair heading to the break. Kevin Mandolese couldn’t stop Eckl, but he was impressive in stopping 17 of 18 shots before the Volitgeur import tied the game.
Both teams continued to have ample opportunity on the man advantage and with the score locked at 2 just prior to the halfway point of regulation, Xavier Simoneau was sent off for Drummondville to give the Eagles another man advantage. But the Volts were able to kill off the penalty and Simoneau created a give and go with Morgan Adams-Moisan who would put Drummondville ahead. After a blast from Yvan Mongo in in the final two minutes it was a two goal lead for the home team heading to the third period.
A late minor for each team meant that the third period would begin four on four, and after the penalty to Phélix Martineau the Eagles would have an abbreviated power play. Drake Batherson would make it count, scoring for the fifth consecutive game and notching his team’s third power play goal of the game. And before the five minute mark, it would be a tie game after a nifty individual effort from Jordan Ty Fournier who would go through three Volts players and put it through Moody to tie the contest.
Cape Breton would get more than their share of opportunities in the third period, outshooting Drummondville 14-5. But it would be Simoneau that would find the winning goal, flipping it under Mandolese to make it a 5-4 game. In the final minute Marc-André Dumont would lift Mandolese for the extra attacker but there was no trying goal to be found.
Moody picked up the victory, stopping 21 of shots. Mandolese turned aside 26 of 31 in the loss.
Now the Screaming Eagles will head home as they host the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday, October 11th. Puck drop is 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre 200 box office, by phone at 902-564-2200 or online at https://tickets.capebreton.ca/Online/default.asp
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Xavier Simoneau (Drummondville) Game winning goal, 1 assist, 9/13 on faceoffs
2. Morgan Adams-Moisan (Drummondville) 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots
3. Mathias Laferrière (Cape Breton) 3 assists
Scratches For Cape Breton: Kyle McGrath (collarbone), Ryan Francis, Noah Laaouan
Scratches For Drummondville: Olivier Rodrigue (injury), Jarrett Baker, Zach Bennett, Cédric Desruisseaux, Guillaume Desmarais
Final Shots On Goal: 31-25 in favor of Drummondville
Cape Breton Power Play: 3/5
Drumondville Power Play: 2/8