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Eagles Fall to Mooseheads in Another One Goal Game

February 26, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Cape Breton Eagles News Release


SYDNEY - No team ever had a two goal lead but it was the Eagles falling short in a 3-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday night at Centre 200. For the the third time this week between the two clubs, the road team emerged victorious in a one goal contest.

It was a game that belonged to the goaltenders for the first 39 minutes and 11 seconds, as that's how long it took for the game to find its first goal. Halifax outshot the home side 12-11 in the opening period, their best chance coming on a Cole Fraser double minor for high sticking, but Nicolas Ruccia and the Eagles held the fort.

In period two, it was the Eagles dominating the shot clock (16-3) and eventually finding the opening salvo. Dawson Stairs found himself in front of the net and fired a pass from behind the goal from

Félix Paré to give Cape Breton a 1-0 edge at the break.

Unfortunately for the home side the game turned in the first five minutes of the third period. Justin Barron hammered a heavy shot just six seconds into a man advantage to tie the game for Halifax. Then less than two minutes later it was Elliot Desnoyers driving the front of the goal for a rebound on a Zachary L'Heureux shot to put the Mooseheads in front.

The Eagles were not going away, however, and found a tying goal with under eight minutes to play. With the puck lying in the crease Paré was able to win a battle with Liam Peyton and jab it over the goal line. After a lengthy review, the call of a goal on the ice stood and the score was locked at two.

Fraser ended up in the box again for four minutes for high sticking with 4:27 to play, putting the Eagles penalty kill to work. The penalty kill dodged the first minor but were undone by nifty stickhandling by Halifax's Markus Vidicek with just over three minutes to play.

With 85 seconds left in regulation, Ruccia was lifted for an extra attacker. The Eagles were able to generate some pressure but couldn't beat Brady James and it was the Mooseheads who skated away with the victory.

James stopped 38 of 40 in picking up the win while Ruccia turned aside 20 of 23 in the loss.

The Eagles dressed just 17 skaters with the club holding five injured players. Affiliate Michael McQuaid remains with the club and skated along with affiliate forward Kian Bell in Friday night's game. Forward Jacob Santerre also returned to the Eagles lineup after missing the prior three games due to injury.

The Eagles are back in action tomorrow afternoon to take on the Charlottetown Islanders at 4 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 broadcast on Eastlink Television, and you can also hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 3:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

1. Félix Paré (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 1 assist,

2. Nathan Larose (Cape Breton) +1, 5 shots

3. Zachary L'Heureux (Halifax) 3 assists, +1

Scratches For Cape Breton: Ivan Ivan (border), Mikhail Nizovkin (border), Davis Cooper (upper body injury), Jarrett Baker (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, Cole Foston

Final Shots On Goal: 40-23 in favour of Cape Breton

Cape Breton Power Play: 1/6

Halifax Power Play: 2/6


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