NOTES FROM THE GAME
– An Etienne Morin power play marker past the halfway mark of the third period is the winner as the Moncton Wildcats topped the Cape Breton Eagles 5-3 in Sydney on Friday night. Vincent Labelle also helped pace the Wildcat attack with two goals.
– Cape Breton goals were scored by Charles Boutin, Olivier Houde, and Samuel Johnson.
– The bulk of the game was played at five on five- the teams combined for just five power plays, and a two minute four on four sequence in the second period.
It was a lightning start to the contest as Boutin opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game, converting a pass from behind the net to put the puck by Jacob Steinman. Less than a minute later, the Cats equalized as Jonas Taibel countered from the right side of the goal.
The Eagles took their final lead of the game at the 5:35 mark of the opening frame thanks to some impressive coordination from Houde. A Tomas Lavoie shot ripped off the boards, coming back out over the net, and on its way down was batted in by Houde. Following the quick start with both teams scoring, the teams played five minutes without a whistle in a quickly paced opening period.
The score held until the final three minutes of the opening frame, when Labelle struck twice 125 seconds apart. After scoring from the left side of the crease, the Moncton 20 year old put his team in the lead after he surged up the right wing and swept around the front of the goal to beat Oliver Satny.
Despite a quick pace in the second period, the teams combined for just 13 shots in the second period- but it was enough for the Eagles to tie the game as Johnson ripped a power play marker by Steinman. The teams were locked at three heading into the final period.
While power play opportunities were limited, both teams were able to convert on the man advantage. The Wildcats goal came at a critical time as Morin ripped a shot through a screen to give the visitors a 4-3 edge.
Satny was lifted for an extra attacker with 1:50 remaining in the third period. The Eagles gained the Moncton zone but Wildcat captain Alexis Daniel fired a shot from inside his own blueline to hit the open cage. Cape Breton pulled Satny again in the final minute, generating some chances but couldn’t get any closer on the scoresheet.
Steinman picked up the win, stopping 17 of 20 shots. Satny took the loss, stopping 20 of 24 shots in addition to the empty netter.
The Eagles are back at it tomorrow night as the defending President’s Cup champion Shawinigan Cataractes- featuring former Eagle goaltenders Rémi Delafontaine & Gio DiMattia- make their lone visit of the season to Centre 200! Puck drop is at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/402w75w. 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. Etienne Morin (Moncton) game winning goal, assist, 3 hits
2. Vincent Labelle (Moncton) 2 goals, 1 assist
3. Samuel Johnson (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 3 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Jude Campbell, Cameron Henderson
Scratches For Moncton: Gabe Smith, Trent Ballentyne, Cole Bishop
Final Shots On Goal: 25-20 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/3
Moncton Power Play: 1/2