A short handed Cape Breton Eagles club was upended 4-1 by the Halifax Mooseheads as the two clubs began a home and home on Wednesday night in Sydney.
Halifax struck first at the 2:57 mark. With Eagles goalie Nicolas Ruccia coming back from behind the net, William Robitaille jabbed at the puck in the blue paint. He wasn’t able to put It over the goal line, but James Swan cashed in on the rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The lead doubled before period’s end when Landon Miron found himself alone and whipped it by Ruccia blocker side to make it 2-0.
Prior to the halfway mark of regulation, Halifax added to the lead when Senna Peeters cut out of the corner and caught Ruccia by surprise, putting it through the net minder’s legs. However before period’s end special teams would help get the Eagles back into the contest.
Penalty trouble would put the Eagles into a 5 on 3 situation, and Jarrett Baker blasted a shot by Brady James to get the Eagles on the board and break a lengthy power play drought. Halifax was able to kill of the second minor, but would again find themselves down 5 on 3. Zachary L’Heureux was given a high sticking minor along with a ten minute misconduct with his team already short handed.
The Mooseheads would kill of the penalties that carried over into the third period, and the only goal in the final frame would come from the visitors as Jordan Dumais deked around Ruccia to make it a 4-1 final score.
James stopped 29 of 30 shots in the win, while Ruccia turned aside 25 of 29 in the loss.
The Eagles played the game with 16 skaters and just four defensemen as Nathan Larose was a late scratch. (Larose was listed on the lineup sheet but did not take warmup.) The Eagles recalled forward Kian Bell and goaltender Noah Harvey for the game as well.
The same two clubs will tangle tomorrow night in Halifax with puck drop at 7 PM. The game will be broadcast on Eastlink Television. You can also hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Senna Peeters (Halifax) 1 goal
2. Jarrett Baker (Cape Breton) 1 goal
3. Zack Jones (Halifax) 2 assists
Scratches For Cape Breton: Jérémy Langlois (upper body injury), Logan Camp (upper body injury), Matthew MacDonald (lower body injury), Logan Kelly-Murphy (upper body injury), William Grimard (upper body injury), Ivan Ivan (border), Mikhail Nizovkin (border)
Scratches For Halifax: Keegan Hunt (upper body injury), Alex Tessier (upper body injury), Brendan Tomilson (collarbone), Attilio Biasca (injury), Alexandre David (injury), Cole Foston
Final Shots On Goal: 30-29 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/6
Halifax: Power Play: 0/3