Eagles Edged by Mooseheads in Overtime
SYDNEY - It was another 4-3 game between the Eagles and Mooseheads, but this time the Eagles fell on the wrong side of the score in an overtime defeat at Centre 200.
The Mooseheads came out of the gate flying and it was a power play that would open the scoring- Zachary L'Heureux putting the puck in from the side of the goal. The Eagles neutralized though before period's end, as Connor Trenholm finishing a three way passing play from Liam Kidney & Mark Rumsey to make it a 1-1 game.
Halifax looked to take the lead at period's end with another power play, which carried over to the second period, but instead it was the Eagles who took the lead after Ãmile Hegarty-Aubin stripped Elliot Desnoyers off the puck and slipped it by Brady James. Before the halfway mark of the period, the Eagles power play converted on a point shot through traffic by Nathan Larose to make it 3-1.
However Halifax controlled the second half of the middle frame and it was tied after the second stanza. Bobby Orr got the comeback started, and then with just over three minutes left Desnoyers beat William Grimard to tie the game.
In the opening minute of the third period, the Eagles would have a big opportunity to take the lead after Dawson Stairs was taken down by Cameron Whynott and was awarded a penalty shot. Stairs was unable to solve James trapper side and it remained a tied game. (Stairs was held pointless for the first time in his eight games as an Eagle.)
The Mooseheads outshot the Eagles 10-5 in the third period but neither team could find a go ahead goal. It was the first extra time game for the Eagles since the restart of the QMJHL season in January.
It was Zack Jones who would play the hero for the visitors in overtime. At the two minute mark he raced in up the right wing and flipped it over Grimard to give Halifax the victory.
James stopped 16 of 19 shots in the win, while Grimard turned aside 40 of 44 shots in the loss.
The Eagles recalled forward James Beaton from the Cape Breton West Islanders and Tanner Greatorex from the Truro Bearcats as they made their QMJHL debuts. (Affiliate players Michael McQuaid and Trey Sturge also remained with the club after playing on the weekend.). Beaton took a penalty and registered one hit, while Greatorex registered a hit in his debut as well.
The same two clubs will go at it Friday night at Centre 200. 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 broacast on Eastlink Television, and 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. William Grimard (Cape Breton) 40 saves on 44 shots
2. Elliot Desnoyers (Halifax) 1 goal, 1 assist, 8 shots
3. Ãmile Hegarty-Aubin (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
Scratches For Cape Breton: Ivan Ivan (border), Mikhail Nizovkin (border), Davis Cooper (upper body injury), Jarrett Baker (upper body injury), Jacob Santerre (upper body injury), Jérémy Langlois (upper body injury), Logan Camp (upper body injury), Zach Welsh (upper body injury)
Scratches For Halifax: Keegan Hunt (upper body injury), Alex Tessier (upper body injury), Brendan Tomilson (collarbone), Attilio Biasca (injury), Kyle Petten, William Robitaille
Final Shots On Goal: 44-19 in favour of Halifax
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/3
Halifax Power Play: 2/4
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