The first Battle Of Nova Scotia in 2019 went the way of the Screaming Eagles as they shutout the Halifax Mooseheads 3-0 at Centre 200 on Friday. Seven different point getters and a goal in each period were the difference in favour of the home side.
Halifax’s Justin Barron found himself in penalty trouble in the opening period, taking a pair of minors for delay of game. While the Eagles couldn’t score on either man advantage, they would find the opening goal at even strength. Egor Sokolov cut out from the wing and swung to the front of the net, putting the puck low along the ice and past Alexis Gravel to give the Screaming Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Mooseheads outshot the Screaming Eagles 18-6 in the middle stanza and would earn their first power play of the game to start the period, but couldn’t solve Kevin Mandolese. Instead it was the Eagles adding to the lead as Shawn Boudrias scored a highlight reel goal for his first in black and gold. Boudrias moved up the left wing, around Jared McIssac and put it over Gravel to double the margin.
The middle stanza would also feature some fireworks as there was plenty of activity in front of Mandolese’s goal. At one point in the second period, seven different players were given minor penalties and Cape Breton’s Shaun Miller and Halifax’s Patrick Kyte were given ten minute misconducts. Halifax received the power play from the sequence but couldn’t score and the period would finish 2-0 for the home side. The best scoring opportunity for the Mooseheads may have come on the power play when Raphaël Lavoie found himself alone in front but put the puck over the goal.
In the third period, opportunities would be limited as the Screaming Eagles bottled up the middle of the ice to secure the victory, and would score another insurance marker for good measure. Shaun Miller came in on a two on one with Gabriel Proulx, and when Justin Barron would sprawl out to break it up, Miller pulled the puck back and lifted it over Alexis Gravel to make it a 3-0 score in favour of the Screaming Eagles.
With 2:20 to play in the third period, Halifax coach Eric Veilleux lifted his netminder Gravel in favour of an extra attacker but was unable to get his team on the board, and Mandolese notched his third career shutout for the win.
Mandolese stopped all 37 shots in the win, while Gravel allowed three goals on 23 shots in the loss.
The Screaming Eagles finish their three game home stand tomorrow night as the Shawinigan Cataractes make their lone visit to Centre 200 this season. Puck drop is at 7 PM, and 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. Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton) 36 save shutout
2. Shawn Boudrias (Cape Breton) 1 goal, +1
3. Declan Smith (Cape Breton) +1, 3 hits
Scratches For Cape Breton: Nathan Larose, Liam Kidney, Félix Lafrance
Scratches For Halifax: Samuel Dubé (sickness), Jocktan Chainey (upper body injury), Walter Flower (upper body injury), Ostap Safin (lower body injury), Maxim Trépanier (upper body injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 36-23 in favour of Halifax