Eagles Finish Home Stand With Win Over Drakkar
SYDNEY- The Screaming Eagles bent but didn’t break during a dominating 60 minute performance at Centre 200. The Eagles outshot the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 50-19 en route to a 5-2 victory, with two newcomers helping seal the deal with a pair of late goals.
Ty Fournier would get the scoring started, chasing his own rebound to bang home the first goal of the late afternoon at the 7:19 mark. While Cape Breton carried most of the opening period, things would tilt the way of Baie-Comeau in the later stages of the period, beginning with a nice individual effort from Jordan Martel to collect his own rebound to tie the game with under three minutes to play in the opening frame.
The Drakkar would then have a prime chance to take the lead with a power play to end the period. But it would be the home side lighting the lamp, as Declan Smith blasted a shot off the right wing short handed to give the Eagles a 2-1 edge after the first buzzer.
Period two would also be dominated by Cape Breton, with the shots being 17-3, and that would result in the lead being expanded to 3-1 when a screenshot from Olivier Bourret from between the blueline and the circles would spell the end of the night for Justin Blanchette. He was relieved in goal by Xavier Bolduc.
Things would tighten up in the third period when Edouard St-Laurent blasted a shot from the top of the right circle over Kyle Jessiman just 3:39 into the third frame. And once again, the Drakkar would have a golden opportunity on the power play as Kyle Havlena was whistled for a delay of game with just over four minutes to play. Baie-Comeau coach Martin Bernard called a timeout to diagram a play for his troops.
Jessiman stood tall on Baie-Comeau’s last stand though and the power play wouldn’t last the full two minutes before Gabriel Fortier was sent off for interference. On the ensuing Eagles power play a shot from Havlena, playing his first game with Cape Breton, would be tipped past Bolduc by Isiah Campbell, playing his second game with Cape Breton. The power play marker would put the Eagles ahead by two.
Bolduc stopped 22 of 23 shots in relief of Blanchette, but the Eagles would add to the tally with an empty netter, thanks to another player making his Cape Breton debut, Shaun Miller. That would wrap up the scoring a 5-2 win over the Eagles to conclude the home stand.
Jesssiman pick up the win, stopping 17 of 19 shots. Blanchette was tagged with the loss after turning aside 23 of 26 shots.
Levi Denny was called up to serve as the Eagles backup netminder as Kevin Mandolese suffered an upper body injury in Saturday’s game against Rimouski. The Eagles were also without defenseman Sacha Roy, who was serving the first game of a three game suspension, and forward Justin Lazure, who was claimed on waivers by the Moncton Wildcats.
The Eagles now hit the road for a three game swing against East Division teams, beginning with a visit to the Québec Remparts on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 8 PM, and you can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 7:30 on 1270 AM CJCB or online at http://www.cjcbradio.com.
DAIRY QUEEN THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Mathias Laferrière (Cape Breton) 1 assist +1
2. Shaun Miller (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 4 shots
3. Kyle Havlena (Cape Breton) 1 assist, 2 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Sacha Roy (suspension), Ryan MacLellan, Kyle McGrath, Ross MacDougall (lower body injury), Kevin Mandolese (upper body injury)
Scratches For Baie-Comeau: Hugo Savinsky (injury), Nolan Gardiner (injury), Isaiah Gallo-Demetris, Jean-Simon Bélanger, Simon Chevrier
Final Shots On Goal: 50-19 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/4
Baie-ComeauPower Play: 0/4