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Screaming Eagles Top Titan In Overtime Thriller

SYDNEY- Tyler Hylland made an impact in his return to the lineup for the Screaming Eagles as they topped the Bathurst Titan 2-1 in overtime Friday at Centre 200. Hylland’s two point night, including the extra time winner, paced the home side to the victory. He had missed the three prior games due to injury.

The overtime winner was redemption for Hylland, who was denied on a penalty shot in the opening period by Joseph Murdaca. Elijah Francis took down Peyton Hoyt who in turn took a hard spill into the boards. Hoyt was unable to take the penalty shot and didn’t return to action for the rest of the night.

Neither team was able to score at all in the first period, and the game remained 0-0 almost to the halfway mark of the regulation. The breakthrough goal came on a Bathurst man advantage, as Titan captain Jeffrey Truchon-Viel was sprung on a breakaway at the 9:55 mark of the second period. He would make no mistake as he backhanded it over Jessiman and the Titan took a 1-0 lead.

Bathurst was not able to hold the lead for the remainder of the period as the Eagles tied the game in the final minute of the second period. Ty Fournier found himself at the side of the net, and attempted to move the puck across the crease. The puck would bounce off a Titan player and back to Fournier who was cash in on the rebound.

It was anyone’s game going into the third period but neither side could claim a go ahead goal. The Titan had their opportunities on two full power plays, but the Eagles would outshoot their rivals 8-4 in the third frame. Cape Breton’s best chance may have come short handed, when Declan Smith was denied on a breakaway.

One shot on goal was all that was needed to determine a winner. Hylland came off the bench and Fournier would identify him coming into the play. Fournier dropped the puck to Hylland who ripped it by Murdaca to secure the victory for the Screaming Eagles.

Kyle Jessiman starred in goal for the Eagles, stopping 30 of 31 shots in the victory. Murdaca stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.

Egor Sokolov missed the contest for Cape Breton, as the Russian forward is away at the Five Nations Under 18 tournament in Michigan. He’ll return to the Eagles in time to join the club’s road trip through Québec next week.

The same two teams will go at it tomorrow night as its the final meeting of the season between the Eagles and Titan. Puck drop is at 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. Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton) 30 saves on 31 saves
2. Tyler Hylland (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist, 10 for 15 on faceoffs
3. Joseph Murdaca (Bathurst) 25 saves on 27 shots

Scratches For Cape Breton: Kyle McGrath, Noah Laaouan, Egor Sokolov (Under 18 5 Nations tournamen)

Scratches For Bathurst: Samuel Asselin (injury), Justin Ducharme (injury), Zachery Bennett, Marc-André LeCouffe

Final Shots On Goal: 31-27 in favour of Bathurst

Cape Breton Power Play: 0/2

Bathurst Power Play: 1/6

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