A late disallowed goal steered the Screaming Eagles to the end of a five game winning streak as they fell 3-1 to the Québec Remparts on Saturday night at Centre 200.
It was a tight checking game and opportunities were tough to come by. The first goal would come courtesy of Cape Breton’s Egor Sokolov, whose goal would prompt a flood of toys hitting the ice on teddy bear toss night at Centre 200. Sokolov came up the left wing on a two on one with Mathias Laferrière and elected to keep the puck, firing it by Dereck Baribeau to give the Eagles a lead that would hold until early in the middle period.
There was little in the way of special teams play on the night, as the first penalty would come in the first minute of the second period to Cape Breton’s Isiah Campbell. Québec was unable to take advantage, but not long after Matthew Grouchy would find the equalizer for the Remparts. The goal was followed by controversy, as Screaming Eagles defenseman Noah Laaouan was knocked down in the aftermath and Benjamin Gagné was given a minor penalty as a result- with many in the Centre 200 crowd expressing the sentiment that he should have received more. The Eagles did not score on their first and only power play of the game, and Grouchy would also score the go ahead goal later in the period under somewhat unusual circumstances.
At the very end of the middle stanza Grouchy found himself on a two on one with Philipp Kurashev. Hearing instruction to shoot with the time ticking down, Grouchy elected to keep the puck and put it through the legs of Mandolese as the buzzer sounded. After a review it was ruled that the puck went in with .7 seconds left to play. The Remparts had the lead heading into the final frame.
With just over five minutes left the Eagles thought they had a game tying goal. Brooklyn Kalmikov sent a pass across to Mitchell Balmas at the side of the goal and the overage forward appeared to tie the game. But after a lengthy review, it was deemed the Screaming Eagles were offside on the play.
With just under three minutes to play Eagles coach Marc-André Dumont, coaching his final game before heading to World Junior training camp with Canada, elected to pull Mandolese for an extra attacker. The Eagles were unable to generate a tying goal and Philipp Kurashev wired the puck the length of the ice to hit the open cage and give the Remparts a 3-1 victory.
Baribeau stopped 22 of 23 in the win, while Mandolese turned aside 17 of 19 shots in addition to the empty netter.
The Screaming Eagles will now finish the first half of the season with the a three game road trip, beginning with . You can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Matthew Grouchy (Québec) 2 goals
2. Brooklyn Kalmikov (Cape Breton) 3 shots
3. Shaun MIller (Cape Breton) 1 shot
Scratches For Cape Breton: Leon Gawanke (Division 1A), Alex Drover
Scratches For Québec: Braeden Virtue (injury), Xavier Cormier, Félix Tremblay, Gabriel Montreuil, Spencer Blackwell
Final Shots On Goal: 23-20 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/1
Québec Power Play: 0/2