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Eagles Edged by Islanders in Saturday Thriller

November 14, 2020 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Cape Breton Eagles News Release


The Cape Breton Eagles couldn't complete a third period comeback in a 4-3 loss in Charlottetown on Friday night.

it was an evenly played opening 20 minutes, with Charlottetown outshooting the visitors 12-10 but perhaps the Eagles getting the better of the dangerous chances. However it was the Islanders capitalizing on the lone goal of the opening frame when Thomas Casey lifted the puck over William Grimard and just under the crossbar. Grimard was making his first start after missing the prior five games due to injury.

The Eagles had a chance to tie the game early in the second period with Oscar Plandowski in the box. However the best chance may have been to Patrick LeBlanc short handed, who was denied on a breakaway. (Later in the period the Eagles earned their own big short handed chance when Jérémy Langlois wired one off the post.) Not long after the penalty was over, Plandowski found himself on a 2 on 1 with Cédric Desruisseaux- who opted to keep the puck and fired it by Grimard for a goal in his 12th consecutive game.

Eagles captain Shawn Element had a streak of his own to maintain, and he would do just that before period's end, keeping the puck and beating Colten Ellis to get the Eagles on the board and record a point for the 14th straight game. However Desruisseaux would restore the two goal margin, using his backhand on a breakaway to beat Grimard.

A strong penalty kill would give the Eagles a chance to win the game. Late in the second period, Ryan Francis and Shawn Element both found themselves in the box, with Element's minor carrying over to the third frame. The Eagles were able to kill it off, setting the stage for a third period filled with intrigue- and the Eagles would make it much more interesting when Nathan Larose ripped a one timer past Ellis just 2:13 in to make it a 3-2 score.

Both teams strong power plays had been held at bay in the first forty minutes, but each connected in the third period. Charlottetown restored its two goal lead when Noah Laaouan capitalized on a rebound after Lukas Cormier hit the post, making it 4-2 just after the halfway mark.

With under three minutes to play in regulation, Patrick LeBlanc was sent to the penalty box. Eagles coach Jake Grimes elected to lift Grimard for an extra attacker to set up a 6 on 4 situation. Ryan Francis teased a one-timer at the top of the right face-off circle before finding Félix Lafrance at the side of the net for a tap in with 62 seconds to play.

Grimes called a timeout following the goal, and not long after Grimard was on the bench for an extra attacker again. The Eagles swarmed the Islanders net- with Liam Kidney and Shawn Element taking shots in the final seconds- but a tying goal wasn't to be found.

Ellis picked up the win, stopping 29 of 32 shots in the win. Grimard took the loss, turning aside 35 of 39.

The Eagles will return home for their first weekday game of the season when they host the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night. Game time is 7 PM. There is now limited availability to purchase tickets for Eagles home games- full details can be found at https://bit.ly/3jmSmML

The game will also be streamed online available for purchase at qmjhl.neulion.com/qmjhl. 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. Noah Laaouan (Charlottetown) 1 goal, 2 assists

2. Colten Ellis (Charlottetown) 29 saves on 32 shots

3. Cédric Desruisseaux (Charlottetown) 2 goals, 1 assist

Scratches For Cape Breton: Ivan Ivan (border), Mikhail Nizovkin (border), Jacob Santerre

Scratches For Charlottetown: Jakub Brabenec (border), Matous Mensik (border), Félix Tremblay

Final Shots On Goal: 39-32 in favour of Charlottetown

Cape Breton Power Play: 1/4

Charlottetown Power Play: 1/6


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