The Screaming Eagles dominated on the shot clock and the scoreboard in a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Centre 200.
The tone was set with a trio of first period goals for the home team, including two just nine seconds apart. At the 11:10 mark Ian Smallwood snuck into the play and converted a pass from Olivier Bourret to beat Tyriq Outen. Less than ten seconds later it was Bourret on the finishing end of one timer as he zapped a shot by the Bathurst netminder after a pass from Shaun Miller.
Egor Sokolov would finish the scoring in the opening period for the Screaming Eagles. The Russian forward would cash in on a rebound in front of the goal in the final two minutes of the opening frame and it would be a 3-0 scoreline after 20 minutes.
Bathurst would show some pushback in the middle stanza, first getting on the board on a power play point shot from Noah Dobson. At the 13:13 mark William Champagne would tighten the game by tipping a puck out of midair, closing the gap to 3-2.
But the Eagles would score twice more before period’s end to reclaim the three goal cushion. Isiah Campbell set up in front of the net on the power play and put home a rebound in the blue paint to restore a two goal margin for the home side. Just 17 seconds later, Brooklyn Kalmikov would take the puck from Keenan MacIssac and score from a similar spot on the ice.
With the game back in control, the Eagles would add to the lead in the third period when Liam Kidney would bounce a puck off Outen and into the goal.
Kevin Mandolese would pick up the win in goal for the Eagles, stopping 13 of 15 shots. Outen turned aside
37 of 43 in the loss.
The Screaming Eagles will conclude their four game home stand on Wednesday as the Chicoutimi
Saguenéens make their only visit to Centre 200 of the 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. Isiah Campbell (Cape Breton) 1 goal, +1
2. Olivier Bourret (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Liam Kidney (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 5 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Declan Smith (personal), Mitchell Balmas (injury)
Scratches For Acadie-Bathurst: Antoine LeBlanc, Alec Rheaume, Brandon Cianflone
Final Shots On Goal: 43-15 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/5
Bathurst Power Play: 1/4