Eagles Edged by Sea Dogs in Shootout
SYDNEY - This time the Cape Breton Eagles were on the wrong end of a shootout as they fell 5-4 to the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday afternoon. The teams split the weekend bill as the Eagles captured Friday's game 3-2 in the shootout.
Just as was the case in Friday's game, the Sea Dogs started the game strong. After the Eagles failed to score with pressure early, Saint John capitalized on an early 2 on 0. Liam Léonard converted on a pass from Josh Lawrence and the visitors were up 1-0 before the first minute had elapsed. Prior to period's end, Alex Drover cashed in on a Julien Vander Voet rebound, and Cam MacDonald fired a shot over Nicolas Ruccia and Saint John carried a 3-0 lead to the break.
Just like the night prior though, the Eagles fought back. Félix Lafrance was able to put the Eagles on the board on an abbreviated power play to get the home team going. Nathan Larose chipped in with a shot from the blueline and it was 3-2 at period's end.
The Eagles would twice rally in the third period. First Lucas Canning jabbed a loose puck with his backhand to make it 3-3. Christopher Innis wired a heavy shot by Ruccia to return the lead to the Sea Dogs just a minute later. The Eagles next tying goal came in the final three minutes, Larose jumping into the play for his second of the afternoon.
Once again, the teams needed overtime, and once again, overtime would settle nothing despite a wide open sequence of play in the latter half of the extra session. Ruccia helped extend the game with a spectacular stop on Dawson Stairs in the period's dying seconds.
Neither side was able to score in the first two rounds of the shootout, with Saint John's Peter Reynolds & Charlie DesRoches along with Cape Breton's Félix Lafrance & Shawn Element both being denied. The Eagles backs were put against the wall when Jérémie Poirier scored in the third round of the shootout.
Needing to score to extend the game, Ryan Francis produced the highlight of the night, deking to his backhand and then pulling it back to the forehand to nudge the puck between Daniel Moody's pad and the post.
Rounds four & five would solve nothing in the shootout as MacDonald & Stairs came up empty for Saint John, as did Larose & Canning for the Eagles. It was Alex Drover who would play hero for Saint John, scoring in the sixth round and Liam Kidney was unable to counter as the road team skated away with the victory.
Moody picked up the win, stopping 34 of 38 shots and allowing one of six shootout attempts. Ruccia took the loss, stopping 25 of 29 shots and allowing two of six shootout attempts.
The Eagles now look forward to the regular season, when they will open up play on home ice against the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday, October 2nd, at 7 PM. Stay tuned to the Cape Breton Eagles' social media accounts and capebretoneagles.com for all news on the upcoming season.
Final Shots On Goal: 38-29 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/4
Saint John Power Play: 0/3
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