The Cape Breton Eagles were clipped 2-1 by the Moncton Wildcats in a tight divisional showdown at the Avenir Centre in Moncton.
The home side carried the pace to begin the opening period as the Wildcats recorded the first shots of the game. The Eagles would earn their chances by period’s end, but despite Moncton outshooting Cape Breton 16-10 neither team was able to find the back of the net.
After just one power play in the opening period, the second period would be dominated by special teams play with eight minor penalties in the middle stanza. And the period’s lone goal would come on the power play- in the opening two minutes when Christian Huntley wired a shot through a Zachary L’Heureux shot.
There would be no special teams time in the third period, but there would be two goals. The Eagles pulled even when Shawn Boudrias made a pass off the boards on the left side to Egor Sokolov who was streaking in all alone, and would beat Oivier Rodrigue to break the shutout and tie the game.
It looked like the game was destined for overtime when a winning goal came with two minutes to go. Jeremy McKenna, making his return to the Wildcats lineup after a brief stint in the AHL, flipped the puck from the right side to the front of the goal where Mika Cyr would tuck it past William Grimard.
28 seconds later, Eagles coach Jake Grimes would lift William Grimard for an extra attacker. The Eagles were unable to find the tying goal however and it was a 2-1 final in favour of Moncton.
Having played four straight games on the road the Eagles will now return home for a matchup Saturday night against the Val-d’or Foreurs. It’s the only visit the Foreurs will make this 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. Olivier Rodrigue (Moncton) 29 saves on 30 shots
2. Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 7 shots
3. Mika Cyr (Moncton) game winning goal
Scratches For Cape Breton: Mathias Laferrière (upper body injury), Cole Fraser (upper body injury), Derek Gentile (upper/lower body injury)
Scratches For Moncton: Francis Langlois, Alexandre Parent
Final Shots On Goal: 35-30 in favour of Moncton
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/4
Moncton Power Play: 1/2