Roy The OT Hero As Eagles Sweep Weekend Set With Isles
NOTES FROM THE GAME
– Antoine Roy’s goal 44 seconds into overtime capped a comeback down from 2-0 as the Eagles topped the Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 at Centre 200 on Saturday night.
– With the victory, the Eagles move a single point ahead of the Islanders for sole possession of 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
– Ivan Ivan notched a goal & an assist for the Eagles, while Samuel Johnson’s game tying goal came on a five on three power play with under eight minutes to play.
– Cam Squires was held scoreless for the Eagles, breaking his seven game goal scoring streak.
– Eagles defenseman Trevor Thurston left the game in the first period with an apparent lower body injury and did not return.
Following a 5-1 defeat to the Eagles last night, Charlottetown came out motivated and struck early- Ross Campbell finishing a passing play at the right side of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 edge just 1:25 into the game. Islanders forward Joel Marchon then capitalized on a giveaway in front of the Eagles goal to put the puck over Oliver Satny and make the score 2-0 before the eight minute mark.
The entire first period was played at even strength, and almost all at five on five with the exception of coinciding penalties to Marchon and Olivier Houde late in the period. The Eagles couldn’t solve Jakob Robillard, with the best chance coming when Jacob Newcombe rung a shot off the post.
There was more four on four in the second period, and the open ice produced the Eagles first goal. Ivan found himself deep in the Charlottetown end and was able to cut cross the net to slide the puck by Robillard on his backhand. The Eagles kept the deficit at one goal after killing off a Zach Biggar penalty, the first power play of the game for either team. (Charlottetown briefly went to the power play late in the second period, nullified by their own penalty not long after, and the Eagles also failed to score on their brief man advantage early in the third period.)
Cape Breton would have more opportunity on the power play in the third period- after killing a minor to Squires, the Eagles generated substantial opportunity when Kiefer Lyons was whistled for interference. While the Eagles couldn’t score, they were back on the manpower edge again when Carl-Etienne Michel was given a hooking minor, and that turned into a two man edge when Keiran Gallant was also assessed for hooking.
The home side took advantage of the extended five on three- Squires passing across to Johnson who ripped the tying goal by Robillard. Charlottetown killed off the second penalty, and no one could find an additional goal in the third period so the teams headed to the extra session tied at 2.
Charlottetown registered the first two shots of overtime but it was the Eagles who found a way to win. Antoine Roy knocked the puck away from Marcus Kearsey, raced in and lifted it over Robillard to send the Centre 200 faithful home happy.
Satny picked up the win, stopping 40 of 42 shots. Robillard turned aside 27 of 30 in the loss.
The same two teams will finish up their three game set, this time in Charlottetown, Wednesday night at 7 PM. The game is available for purchase online at https://bit.ly/3FiLbD4. 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. Ivan Ivan (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Oliver Satny (Cape Breton) 40 saves on 42 shots
3. Antoine Roy (Cape Breton) game winning goal
Scratches For Cape Breton: Owen Arnold, Cameron Henderson
Scratches For Charlottetown: Simon Hughes (suspension), Alexandre Tessier (injury), Jarrett Todd (injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 42-30 in favour of Charlottetown
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/4
Charlottetown Power Play: 0/3