Islanders Drop Eagles 7-2 at Centre 200
SYDNEY - It wasn't the start to a two game home stand the Cape Breton Eagles were looking for in a 7-2 loss to the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday night in Sydney.
Both teams had their chances in the opening 20 minutes but it was the Islanders establishing the early edge. The Eagles got caught with too many men in the opening two minutes, and Patrick LeBlanc put a shot over Rémi Delafontaine 45 seconds into the man advantage to make it 1-0 Charlottetown. It was Charlottetown's only power play of the net.
Some strong work along the boards from the Islanders' third line doubled the score before the halfway mark of the period. The play finished with Drew Elliot converting a pass from behind the net from Keiran Gallant to make it 2-0 Charlottetown. Before period's end, it was a 3-0 score after Sam Oliver scored in a goal mouth scrum.
After killing off what would be the Eagles only power play of the night, Charlottetown continued to press in the middle stanza when Oliver tapped in a pass from the point by Noah Laaouan. Another shot from high in the zone, this time from Matis Ouellet off the boards, was tipped by Ben Boyd and it was 5-0. Just 22 seconds later, Guay converted on a 2 on 1 from Ouellet and the visitors had a 6-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Like Oliver before him, Guay was able to complete a two goal showing with a partial spinarama in front of the Eagles goal in the third period. But the Eagles would get something to take from the game before night's end.
First, Ivan Ivan beat Jacob Goobie from the left faceoff circle to break the shutout. Then, Jacob Squires set his brother Cam up on a breakaway and the younger Squires pulled a nifty deke to beat Goobie to finish the scoring, and collect his first QMJHL goal. The game finished 7-2.
Goobie stopped 21 of 23 shots in the win, while Delafontaine stopped 32 of 37 in the loss. Charlottetown forward Jarrett Todd left the game in the second period due to injury and did not return.
The Eagles are back on home ice Friday night as they host the Val-d'Or Foreurs. It's the only appearance Val-d'Or will make at Centre 200 this year, and it's also the return of pink in the rink. The Eagles will be wearing special pink uniforms that will be raffled off to fans who purchase raffle tickets at the arena.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ticketmaster.ca/cape-breton-eagles-tickets/artist/891825. They are also available for purchase in person at the Centre 200 box office and by the phone during box office hours at 902-564-2200
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. Patrick Guay (Charlottetown) 2 goals, +2, 7 shots
2. Noah Laaouan (Charlottetown) 2 assists, +2, 3 hits
3. Cam Squires (Cape Breton) first career goal
Scratches For Cape Breton: Connor Trenholm (lower body injury), Lucas Canning (upper body injury), Kiefer Lyons
Scratches For Charlottetown: Brett Budgell (upper body injury), Xavier Simoneau (Upper body injury), Mathis Aguliar
Final Shots On Goal: 37-23 in favour of Charlottetown
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/1
Charlottetown Power Play: 1/1
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