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Mooseheads Capture Hurley Cup with Victory at Centre 200

January 3, 2018 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles News Release

SYDNEY- The Screaming Eagles defense of the Hurley Cup proved unsuccessful as the Halifax Mooseheads clinched the 2017 trophy with a 4-1 victory in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. The Mooseheads won the Hurley Cup series by a count of 9-3.

Cape Breton came out of the gates flying, outshooting Halifax 5-0 in the early going. But just as was the case in the opening Hurley Cup game 24 hours prior, the visiting team would lead 1-0 after the first period. The Mooseheads opened the scoring when Maxime Fortier converted a pass from behind the net and it was the only scoring in the opening 20 minutes.

Period two would see more goals. Mathias Laferrière knotted the scoring at one with a shot from the top of the left circle, and the Eagles would get a prime opportunity on a four minute power play. Cape Breton was sent to the man advantage after a sequence that saw Fortier and the Eagles' Declan Smith drop the gloves. Fortier was given 19 minutes in total in penalties, with a double minor in addition to the fighting major and a ten minute misconduct.

The Eagles were unable to solve Alexis Gravel, however, and the Mooseheads would score twice in a span of 91 seconds in the final five minutes. Halifax's go ahead goal would come at 4 on 4, on a heavy shot from Jake Ryczek, the first goal in his QMJHL career after recently arriving in Nova Scotia after leaving the NCAA. The visitors would add to the lead when Xavier Parent delivered a tight drop pass in the slot to Patrick Kyte, and Halifax lead 3-1 after the second stanza.

In the final period, special teams would play a big factor, beginning with nearly two minute long 5 on 3 for the Mooseheads. Raphaël Lavoie would cash in with just eight seconds left in the first Eagle minor to give Halifax a 4-1 lead, and things looked very dire for Cape Breton when Egor Sokolov would be sent off for five minutes for a check to the head.

With just over a minute elapsed in the penalty, Arnaud Durandeau of Halifax would be whistled for a double minor for high sticking, effectively killing off the Sokolov penalty. But neither team would score at four on four, and there wouldn't be any scoring for the rest of regulation as the Eagles would end 2017 on a losing note.

Gravel picked up victory, stopping 34 of 35 shots. Kevin Mandolese took the loss in goal for the Eagles, stopping 31 of 35 shots.

The Screaming Eagles now look ahead to 2018, where they will open the new year's schedule on Thursday, January 4th against the Moncton Wildcats. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre 200 box office, by phone at 902-564-2200 or online at https://tickets.capebreton.ca/Online/default.asp

DAIRY QUEEN THREE STARS OF THE GAME 1. Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax) 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots 2. Mathias Laferrière (Cape Breton) 1 goal, +1. 3 shots 3. Otto Somppi (Halifax) 2 assists, +2

Scratches For Cape Breton: Ross MacDougall (lower body injury), Justin Lazure, Drake Batherson (World Juniors), Alexis Sansfaçon

Scratches For Halifax: Filip Zadina (World Juniors), Cooper Jones, Barrett Dachyshyn, Ryan Barbosa

Final Shots On Goal: 36-35 in favour of Cape Breton

Cape Breton Power Play: 0/6

Halifax Power Play: 1/6 -30- Marc-Andre Dumont GM & Head Coach Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 902-577-2682 ma.dumont@capebretoneagles.com

Patrick McNeil Communications coordinator & play by play commentator Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 902-561-3355 pat.mcneil@capebretoneagles.com

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