November 4, 2017 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
BATHURST- A quick start to the second period made the difference Friday night in a divisional matchup as the Bathurst Titan topped the Screaming Eagles. Three goals in a span of 2:11 in the middle stanza helped give the Titan a 6-3 victory.
Bathurst's power play would prove vital in the opening twenty in establishing lead. In the game's early moments Cape Breton's Egor Sokolov would be sent off for holding, and while the Eagles didn't allow the Titan man advantage much opportunity to begin, blueliner Keenan MacIsaac would jump into the play and score from the left circle. The goal would be equalized by a nifty individual rush from the Eagles' Olivier Bourret, who raced into the Bathurst zone and went around Félix-Antoine Drolet to beat Reilly Pickard and tie the game.
However another power play goal gave the home side the lead before the buzzer. At the 14:43 mark Dawson Thede would score from the slot and the Titan established a 2-1 lead at the break. And then the game would open up in the early part of the second stanza.
It began with a tremendous individual effort from Bathurst defenseman Elijiah Francis, starting and stopping and going by Cape Breton defenders to flick the puck over Kevin Mandolese and make it a 3-1 game. Just over a minute later Antoine Morand would bury a diagonal feed from German Rubtsov, acquired the day prior from Chicoutimi, and it would spell the end of the night for Mandolese. But it was a rude welcome to the game for Kyle Jessiman, who would see his first shot go into the back on the net on a strange bounce that gave Cole Rafuse a goal. Marc-André Dumont would signal for a timeout to calm his troops.
The Eagles would push back, though, and it was special teams again. It took more than half a game for Cape Breton to earn a power play but did not take so long to make it work, as just 21 seconds into the man advantage Sokolov would put the puck through PIckard to cut the lead to 5-2. The Eagles outshot the Titan in the middle frame 14-10.
Period three would see a much more tentative start, as there were only a combined six shots in the first 13 minutes. It would be the first shot for Cape Breton of the period that would find the back of the net, as a Phélix Martineau shot through traffic made it by Pickard.
With over two minutes remaining, Dumont called Jessiman to the bench in an effort to close the gap. But the Eagles could find no more goals and with 29 seconds remaining, Thede would hit the open goal to seal the win for Bathurst.
PIckard picked up the win, stopping 23 of 26 shots. Mandolese took the loss, allowing four goals on 19 shots. Jessiman stopped 10 of 11 in relief before the empty netter.
The two clubs will do it all over again tomorrow night at KC Irving Centre, and it's another 7 PM puck drop. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 on 1270 AM CJCB or online at http://www.cjcbradio.com.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME 1. Antoine Morand (Bathurst) Game winning goal, 3 shots 2. Dawson Thede (Bathurst 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 shots 3. Keenan MacIssac (Bathurst) 1 goal, 1 assist,
Scratches For Cape Breton: Ryan Francis, Kyle McGrath (broken collarbone), Noah Laaouan (World Under 17s)
Scratches For Bathurst: Louis-Philip Fortin (injury), Dominik Timej, Marc-André LeCouffe, Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (suspension)
Final Shots On Goal: 31-26 in favour of Bathurst
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/1
Bathurst Power Play: 2/3 -30- Marc-Andre Dumont GM & Head Coach Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 902-577-2682 email@example.com
Patrick McNeil Communications coordinator & play by play commentator Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 902-561-3355 firstname.lastname@example.org