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Eagles Suffer Tough Loss to Mooseheads at Centre 200

October 24, 2020 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Cape Breton Eagles News Release

SYDNEY - It was a third period to forget for the Cape Breton Eagles in a 10-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads.

It was a tentative start to the opening period, with each team just managing one shot in the opening five minutes. It took time for the game to find its first goal as a Jason Horvath passing play to Liam Peyton ended up in the back of the net, but was called back due to an offside.

Halifax did turn the light red just before period's end- twice in the final three minutes. First it was Zachary L'Heureux with a well placed shot in the top right corner over William Grimard. Then the third time was the charm as Halifax's third power play of the period resulted in a goal when Elliot Desnoyers squeaked a puck through Grimard on the trapper side.

Nicolas Ruccia would come into the Cape Breton net to begin the second period and would hold the fort in the early part of the period as the Eagles would get their chances to get on the board. Jérémy Langlois was at the centre of much of it- ringing a puck off the cross bar on a power play, and then at even strength feeding a puck to Émile Hegarty-Aubin, only to have the goal called back for being kicked in.

The next sequence of power play time would get the Eagles on the board. With Brendan Tomilson in the penalty box, Alexandre Tessier was sent off to give the Eagles a 42 second five on three. They wouldn't need all of it- just ten seconds into the two man advantage Félix Lafrance beat Brady James to make it a 2-1 score. Halifax was able to kill of the balance of the penalty to hold the lead.

The two goal cushion would be restored by period's end. Landon Miron tipped a point shot from Cameron Whynott and Halifax led by a 3-1 count.

It was the first half of the final period that would put the game well out of reach for the home side. The run of five goals in less than seven minutes began when Bobby Orr scored before the three minute mark, and then goals 11 seconds apart put the score at 6-1- the second of those goals belonging to Desnoyers. The next goal would mark the first career hat trick for Desnoyers.

James Swan concluded the five goal span after he was left alone on the right side of the net to tap home the 8th Mooseheads goal. There were would more be more scoring in the final three minutes, from both teams. Liam Peyton tipped a Swan shot to make it 9-1, before Lucas Canning would jab the puck over the goal line through the blue paint to make it 9-2. It was the first QMJHL goal for the Eagles rookie.

The scoring concluded with Desnoyers notching his fourth of the night, finishing a two on one from Jordan Dumais.

James picked up the win, the first of his QMJHL career, turning aside 21 of 23 shots. Ruccia took the loss allowing eight goals on 22 shots, in relief of Grimard who stopped ten of twelve.

The Eagles will now head to New Brunswick for their first two games against the Saint John Sea Dogs. Puck drop on Friday is at 7 PM. The game will be streamed online, available for purchase at 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


1. Elliot Desnoyers (Halifax) 4 goals, 7 shots

2. Landon Miron (Halifax) 2 goals, +4

3. Jordan Dumais (Halifax) 4 assists, +3

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

Scratches For Halifax: Zach Jones (border), Senna Peeters (border), Attilio Biasca (border), Kyle Petten (lower body injury), Cole Foston (upper body injury), Alexandre David (lower body injury)

Final Shots On Goal: 34-23 in favour of Halifax

Cape Breton Power Play: 1/3

Halifax: Power Play: 1/4

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