Adam leads Ea­gles to sweep of Ti­gres

Counts five goals in two games

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREGMACVICAR gmacvicar@cb­post.com

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.

Greg MacVicar - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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