Adam leads Eagles to sweep of Tigres
Counts five goals in two games
SYDNEY — Luke Adam scored a hat trick Sunday and two goals Saturday to lead the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to a pair of victories over the Victoriaville Tigres in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play at Centre 200.
“ Victoriaville’s one of the top teams in the league and to be able to beat them two in a row was huge,” said Adam, following Cape Breton’s 5-3 win, Sunday. “ We didn’t want to let it slip away.”
Sunday, the Screaming Eagles scored three goals on their first five shots.
North Sydney’s Cory MacIntosh opened scoring for Cape Breton 3:30 into the match. Earning assists on the opener were Morgan Ellis and Nick Parker with his first point in his first game with the Eagles.
Adam put Cape Breton up 2-0 with a one-timer off a pass by Viktor Hertzberg at 7:27, after which Victoriaville goalie Kevin Poulin was replaced by Antonio Mastropietro.
Mastropietro remained in nets for 44 seconds, long enough for Taylor MacDougall to put the Screaming Eagles up 3-0 with a wrap-around goal at 8:11, after which Poulin was brought back in for the remainder of the contest.
Adam beat Poulin top-corner at 15:40 with Cape Breton’s only power-play goal of the game to give the home squad the 4-0 advantage.
Brandon Hynes erased the Tigres’ goose egg with a goal at 17:36 to wrap up first-period scoring. And his teammate Joël Champagne brought Victoriaville within two when he potted the lone goal of the second stanza, on the power play, at 17:01.
The Tigres’ Olivier Jannard had the Eagles worried when he brought the visitors within one with a goal on Olivier Roy 1:47 into the third. But a sigh of relief swept across Centre 200 when Adam found the back of the net for the third time with the final goal of the game at 12:01.
“ The third one was another great play by Hertzberg,” said Adam. “He got the battle down low and I wasn’t sure if he was going to see me. But he saw me back door. And I had the wide-open net.”
Screaming Eagles head coach and general manager Mario Durocher said his team’s penalty kill made the difference.
“That’s the reason why we won two games this weekend,” he said. “And I think the intensity of the game was there. We played hard, we played a physical game and that’s what we want from our players.”
Durocher added his players have to work on their power play.
“They have one of the best pk in the league and they were forcing the play,” he said of the Tigres. “They were applying pressure on our guys and we need to be a little smarter, get our heads up and make the play a little bit quicker.”
Both teams scored once on the power play, of seven chances for Cape Breton and five opportunities for Victoriaville.
In goal, Roy improved his record to 23-18 with the win, while Poulin’s record dropped to 25-14 with the loss. The Tigres outshot the Eagles 37-36.
Eagles 4, Tigres 2
Saturday, the Eagles scored three goals late in the third to erase a 2-1 deficit and pull off a 4-2 win over the Tigres.
Cape Breton’s Pier-Antoine Dion netted the lone goal of the first period at 13:57 and Victoriaville’s Hynes scored the only goal of the second stanza at 9:08 to knot things up 1-1.
The Tigres’ Samuel Groulx buried the puck 2:41 into the third frame to give Victoriaville the 2-1 advantage. But that was all she wrote for the visitors.
Adam potted the 2-2 tying goal for Cape Breton at 12:26 and his teammate Nick MacNeil scored the eventual winner at 15:39.
Adam tallied his second of the night for a little insurance on the empty net with 37 seconds remaining in the game.
In nets, Roy posted the win and Poulin shouldered the loss.
Cape Breton outshot Victoriaville 39-28. Neither team scored any power-play goals, of five chances for the Tigres and four for the Eagles.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Luke Adam winds up before scoring on Victoriaville Tigres goalie Kevin Poulin 12:01 into the third for the hat trick to lead his team to a 5-3 win in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play at Centre 200, Sunday.