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Titan Top Eagles In Another Overtime Game

SYDNEY- For the second time in as many nights 60 minutes wasn’t enough to settle things between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Bathurst Titan. But this time it was the visiting team prevailing as Bathurst skated away with 5-4 victory in overtime.

Neither team would ever hold a two goal edge and the scoring began with the teams trading goals in the opening period. After a scoreless opening 11 minutes, Liam Murphy put the road team on the board. Murphy put the puck in the back of the net after Kyle Jessiman denied Ethan Crossman.

The tension between the teams would escalate as Titan captain Jeffrey Truchon-Viel would catch Eagles defenseman Noah Laaouan with a hit to the head, and was given a five minute major along with a game misconduct. Sahca Roy would avenge Laaouan, dropping Viel in the ensuing scrap.

Cape Breton went to the power play and Bathurst would keep the home side at bay for most of the five minutes. However in the final minute of the power play Eagles captain Phélix Martineau snapped a shot from between the circles through a screen to tie the game, and that’s how the period would end.

That momentum carried over into the second period, as Brooklyn Kalmikov would find himself alone at the side of the net and snapped the puck past Evan Fitzpatrick to make it 2-1 for the Screaming Eagles. The lead would last less than three minutes as Cole Rafuse would receive a cross ice pass from Adam Holwell and snapped a shot by Jessiman. Halfway through the regulation it was a 2-2 game.

The latter half of the second period would also feature each team scoring once. Olivier Galipeau would give the Titan the advantage, following his own rebound and making it a 3-2 game. Once again the leading team could not hold on, as before period’s end the Screaming Eagles would tie the game. The equalizer would come on the power play, Mathias Laferrière would tip a Ross MacDougall shot and made for a tie contest heading into the third period.

Bathurst found its go ahead goal late, as Rafuse became the first two goal man on the evening when he banked a shot off Jessiman’s pads and through. The Eagles trailed at the 16:39 mark, but not for long. Laaouan would tie the game with a precise shot over the shoulder of Fitzpatrick and the game was destined for overtime.

There would be an opportunity to end the game in regulation for the Titan, as a late Ross MacDougall penalty put Bathurst on the power play. Cape Breton would kill the final 37 seconds of the third period and the game went to added time.

Making use of the extra space, it wouldn’t take long for the away squad to find a winner. Galipeau jumped into open space and zapped the winner by Jessiman as the Titan earned a split on the weekend.

Fitzpatrick picked up the win, stopping 20 of 24 shots. Jessiman allowed five goals on 27 shots in the loss.

The Screaming Eagles now will head out to the province of Québec for a six game road trip. The trip kicks off with a visit to the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday night. The puck will drop at 8 PM, and you can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show at 7:30 with Patrick McNeil on 1270 AM CJCB or online at http://www.cjcbradio.com.

DAIRY QUEEN THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Phélix Martineau (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist,
2. Adam McCormick (Cape Breton) 2 assists,
3. Cole Rafuse (Bathurst) 2 goals

Scratches For Cape Breton: Egor Sokolov (Under 18 Five Nations tournament), Peyton Hoyt (injury), Ian Smallwood

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

Final Shots On Goal: 27-24 in favour of Bathurst

Cape Breton Power Play: 1/3

Bathurst Power Play: 1/3

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