Brooklyn Kalmikov etched his name in the history books on Tuesday night in Moncton. The 17 year old Eagle forward recorded the first hat trick in the history of the new Avenir Centre as the Screaming Eagles topped the Moncton Wildcats 5-2.
It was the first visit for the Eagles to Moncton’s new rink and it would be an eventful game with scoring chances a plenty on both sides. It was past the halfway mark of the first period before the game would find its first goal- when Mika Cyr tipped a blast from the point from Sean Stewart to put the Wildcats on the board. But less than a minute after the goal, Moncton would find itself on the penalty kill, and Kalmikov made the Cats pay by burying a rebound to conclude a sequence of quality chances that Charles-Antoine Lavallée had previously turned aside.
The game would turn in the final minute of the opening period. After the Eagles had dominated the final few minutes, Cyr would wire two quality scoring chances over the net in a failed attempt to take the lead for the Wildcats. With the seconds ticking down in the opening frame, Egor Sokolov would convert a pass from Mitchell Balmas, rattling a shot off the post and in.
Moncton came out firing to open the second period, registering the first six shots on goal, but Kevin Mandolese held the fort. The Eagles would weather the storm, and Kalmikov would once again convert on the power play to add to the Eagle lead. The sequence began with a pass from the corner by Ryan Francis to Declan Smith, and Kalmikov was there to cash in on the rebound. The period would end 3-1.
Kalmikov would finish his hat trick in the final frame, converting a pass from behind the net from Smith to push the Eagles advantage to 4-1. Gabriel Proulx would further add to the lead by flipping a shot over the glove of Lavallée. Adam Capannelli would score a late goal to put Moncton back within three, but the Eagles would skate away with a 5-2 victory.
Mandolese picked up the victory, turning aside 33 of 35 shots. Lavallée took the loss, stopping 44 of 49 shots.
The Screaming Eagles are back on home ice Thursday night for the first game against a Quebec based opponent- the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Puck drop is 7 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. Brooklyn Kalmikov (Cape Breton) 3 goals, 5 shots
2. Declan Smith (Cape Breton) 3 assists, 6 shots
3. Mika Cyr (Moncton) 1 goal, 1 assist
Scratches For Cape Breton: Kyle Havlena, Félix Lafrance
Scratches For Moncton: Brady Pataki (suspension), Anderson MacDonald (injury), Jacob Hudson (injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 49-35 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 2/3
Moncton: Power Play: 0/4