Eagles Finish Road Trip With 2-1 Win In Bathurst
NOTES FROM THE GAME
– Samuel Johnson scored both goals as the Eagles topped the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Tuesday night in Bathurst.
– With the victory, the Eagles go 2-1 on the three game road trip, and move into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
– Eagles forward Cameron Henderson served the first game of a two game suspension for a check to the head. In the third period, Charles Boutin was given a game misconduct for a check from behind.
The Eagles had the early momentum, outshooting the Titan 7-1 in the early stages and striking first when Johnson ripped a low shot by Joshua Flemming at the 1:15 mark. Aside from a delay of game penalty to Owen Arnold, which the Eagles killed off, the period was played all five on five and the Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The Eagles did see their first power play time in the second stanza, and outshot the Titan 14-5 for the period, but neither team could find the back of the net in period two. The period was played at a quick pace, as between penalties called against Cape Breton’s Zach Biggar and Bathurst’s Donovan Arsenault, there were no whistles in a stretch of five minutes and 14 seconds.
The Arsenault minor carried into the third period, but the teams were quickly returned to even strength after Boutin was whistled for hooking. With the two sides playing four on four, a delayed penalty against Acadie-Bathurst sent Eagle goaltender Oliver Satny to the bench for an extra attacker. Rather than give the puck to Bathurst to create a power play, the Eagles continued to press and Johnson ripped another early period goal past Flemming.
By scoring the goal on the delayed penalty, the Eagles nullified the incoming penalty, ensuring a Bathurst power play once the Arsenault minor ended. The Eagles were able to kill it off, and a subsequent minor to Trevor Thurston, but the penalty trouble for the period wasn’t over.
After a scrum by the Eagles bench, Boutin was assessed a major, and in the opening minute of the five minute power play Dylan Andrews found the back of the net to push the Titan within a goal. However, with less than three minutes left in the major penalty, a rush up the wing by Cape Breton’s Cam Squires drew a minor on Emile Perron, killing the majority of what was left of the major penalty.
With 80 seconds to play, Flemming went to the bench for an extra attacker. But despite six skaters the home side couldn’t find a tying goal and the Eagles skated away with a victory.
Satny picked up the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots. Flemming took the loss, stopping 39 of 41 shots.
The Eagles will now head home from a weekend set, beginning with CBU Night at the Nest as the Eagle host the RimouskI Oceanic! It’s the final visit by a Quebec based team in the regular season, and four tickets are available for $50! The Eagles will be wearing specially designed orange & green jerseys for the game. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3XOQXDM. They are also available for purchase in person at the Centre 200 box office and by the phone during box office hours at 902-564-2200
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Samuel Johnson (Cape Breton) 2 goals, +2, 5 shots
2. Oliver Satny (Cape Breton) 25 saves on 26 shots
3. Cole Larkin (Acadie-Bathurst) 2 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Cameron Henderson (suspension), Jude Campbell
Scratches For Acadie-Bathurst: Jake Uberti (injury), Mason Chitaroni
Final Shots On Goal: 41-26 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/4
Acadie-Bathurst Power Play: 0/5