TITAN TOP EAGLES, 7-2 ON FRIDAY
SYDNEY - The Bathurst Titan found success in their first visit to Centre 200 in over four months with a 7-2 victory over the Screaming Eagles.
The Eagles got off to a fast start, setting a physical tempo and scoring the game's first goal as Peyton Hoyt lit the lamp from the slot at the 3:12 mark. However the lead would last less than two minutes when Mitchell Balmas would send a shot off and over Kevin Mandolese to tie the game.
Cape Breton would be given a four minute power play when Antoine Morand was sent off for high sticking. The Eagles carried the play in the early portion of the man advantage but Bathurst would earn a two on one opportunity. Jeffrey Viel would keep the puck, and Félix-Antoine Drolet was there to tap in the rebound and give the Titan a 2-1 edge.
In the final two minutes of the period the Titan would double their goal total. Bathurst blueliner Olivier Galipeau would flip a shot from the left half boards past Mandolese. Then with just fourteen seconds remaining in the first period Noah Dobson would fire a shot through traffic from the top of the faceoff circle. It was 4-1 for the visitors after the opening frame.
Kyle Jessiman would come into the game in relief of Mandolese at the beginning of the second period, and would account well for himself in the middle stanza, stopping 10 of 11 shots. He could not deny an impressive effort from Samuel L'Italien who would push the puck to himself, and then bat the puck out of the air and past Jessiman. It would be the only goal in the period, although the Eagles would have a quality chance in the dying minutes when Declan Smith was denied on a shorthanded breakaway.
That power play would carry over in into the third period, and the Titan would cash in as Balmas would put the puck over a sprawling Jessiman and under the cross bar to give the visitors a 6-1 lead. The Eagles would counter the goal, as Brooklyn Kalmikov would receive two passes from Declan Smith and convert on the second to put the home side on the board. But the final goal would come from the Titan as Olivier Galipeau tallied his second of the night on the man advantage.
Joseph Murdaca turned aside 31 of 33 shots in the win. Mandolese took the loss, allowing four goals on nine shots. Jessiman stopped 22 of 25 in relief.
DAIRY QUEEN THREE STARS OF THE GAME: 1. Mitchell Balmas (Bathurst) - 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots. 2. Olivier Galipeau (Bathurst) - 2 goals, 2 assists, +1. 3. Phélix Martineau (Cape Breton) 3 shots, 3 hits.
Scratches For Cape Breton: Kyle McGrath, Isiah Campbell, Ian Smallwood
Scratches For Bathurst: German Rubtsov (injury), Justin Ducharme (injury), Samuel Asselin (injury), Zachery Bennett
Final Shots On Goal: 35-34 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/5
Bathurst Power Play: 4/8
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