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Eagles Push Winning Streak To Three Games With Win Over Wildcats

SYDNEY- The Screaming Eagles came out on top in a key game for playoff positioning, and pushed a winning streak to three games by topping the Moncton Wildcats 5-2 on Saturday night.

The game’s pace picked up towards the end of the first period after a mostly pedestrian beginning. Things escalated when Screaming Eagles captain Phélix Martineau hit Mika Cyr in the corner. Jeremy McKenna would attempt to avenge his teammate by dropping the gloves with Martineau but Martineau would land most of the blows in the ensuing tussle. That would be the most noteworthy early activity on the scoresheet as neither team was able to score in the opening period. Cyr would not return for the rest of the game.

It wouldn’t take long into the middle period for the Screaming Eagles to open the scoring. Isiah Campbell would tip a puck at the side of the goal at the 1:10 mark to open the scoring. Before the stanza concluded the teams would trade goals before the middle period would conclude.

Jakob Pelletier would put the visitors on the scoresheet at the 13:32 mark, denying Gabriel Proulx’s efforts to angle him off and beating Kevin Mandolese to tie the game. It ended a shutout streak of 93:46 for the Cape Breton goaltender. Mandolese’s team would give him the lead before the period’s conclusion, scoring with 63 seconds to play. Declan Smith wired the puck towards the goal, Adam McCormick would tip it into the net to put the Eagles ahead 2-1.

While neither team would score on the power play on the night, period three would feature plenty of special teams play. Moncton had plenty of ice to work with when, with the teams already playing 4 on 4, Cape Breton’s Sacha Roy would take a minor for roughing. With 37 seconds of 4 on 3 at his disposal, Moncton coach Darren Rumble would opt to call a timeout. But the Eagles would kill off the 4 on 3 portion of the power play and then would kill the penalty all together by drawing a slashing minor by James Phelan.

There wouldn’t be any scoring until the 14:11 mark, when the Eagles would score two goals exactly two minutes apart. The goal to make it 3-1 came courtesy of captain Martineau who wired a shot over the blocker side shoulder of Waite. Peyton Hoyt would then add another key insurance marker, jumping into the slot to win a battle for the puck and ripping it by Moncton’s netminder.

There would be a last gasp from the Wildcats as Jonathan Aspirot would complete a spinarama in front of the Screaming Eagles goal and flip a backhand shot off the post and in. This would lead to Rumble lifting Waite in favour of the extra attacker, but the home side would quickly find the back of the empty goal. Hoyt would try to pass the puck to Ty Fournier, the puck would bounce off Wildcats defenseman Daniil Miromanov, Hoyt would succeed in moving it Fournier who hit the open cage to seal the 5-2 win.

It’s right back at it for the Screaming Eagles as they host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday afternoon. The game marks the return of former Screaming Eagles and Team Canada star forward Drake Batherson, who is now with the Armada. Puck drop is at 4 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

DAIRY QUEEN THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Phélix Martineau (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots
2. Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton) 27 saves on 29 shots
3. Jordan Ty Fournier (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist, +3

Scratches For Cape Breton: Tyler Hylland (injury), Ryan Francis, Ian Smallwood

Scratches For Moncton: Gabriel Sylvestre (suspension), Casey Fox

Final Shots On Goal: 29-29

Cape Breton Power Play: 0/4

Moncton Power Play: 0/5

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