Le­gault burns for­mer team in Ea­gles win

Olivier Roy sets new fran­chise record for vic­to­ries as Cape Bre­ton downs Shaw­ini­gan, 5-3

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO CAPE BRE­TON POST tj­colello@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — It wasn’t the pret­ti­est goal that’s ever been wit­nessed at Cen­tre 200, but Maxime Le­gault couldn’t con­tain the ex­cite­ment of scor­ing on his for­mer team.

“ When I was fall­ing down, it just touched my skate,” said Le­gault, who raised his arms tri­umphantly af­ter the de­cid­ing tally. The play went up­stairs for re­view, but was quickly deemed good to go.

“It was a lucky goal, but I’ll take it. I haven’t scored a lot so far here, so I was re­ally happy to score against Shaw­ini­gan.”

Le­gault’s goal at 14:49 of the sec­ond pe­riod stood as the win­ner, as the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles skated to a 5-3 win over the Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes, Wed­nes­day, in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League play. The win was the sec­ond in a row for Cape Bre­ton, af­ter they bumped off the Cana­dian Hockey League’s No. 1ranked Saint John Sea Dogs, Sun­day, at Har­bour Sta­tion.

“I just wanted to win against those guys,” said Le­gault, of his for­mer team. “I worked re­ally hard (Wed­nes­day) and it paid off. Of­fen­sive stats are al­ways bonuses for me. I think we had a great game, our line, me, Nick (MacNeil) and Ja­cob (La­gacé).”

MacNeil paced the of­fence for the Ea­gles, scor­ing twice and adding an as­sist. His empty net­ter with 16 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion iced the con­test for the home side.

Goals from Vik­tor Hertzberg on the power play and Mor­gan El­lis, who also recorded two as­sists, gave Cape Bre­ton a 2-1 lead head­ing into the first in­ter­mis­sion. Hertzberg’s tally set the team’s rookie record for goals in a sea­son with 20.

MacNeil and Le­gault struck in the sec­ond, but the vis­i­tors hung around with a pair of tal­lies. Joé Dubé led the Cataractes with two, power-play goals, while Michaël Bour­ni­val scored with 38 sec­onds left in the sec­ond to give Shaw­ini­gan new life head­ing into the fi­nal stanza.

The third pe­riod, how­ever, be­longed to Olivier Roy. He was key on the penalty kill with Shaw­ini­gan press­ing for the equal­izer. He de­flected 22 shots to im­prove his record to 26-19 on the sea­son.

The victory was also the 88th of his ca­reer, which set a new fran­chise record for most ca­reer wins by a goal­tender. That in­cludes the team’s time in Cape Bre­ton, Granby, Ver­dun and Sorel. He bested the pre­vi­ous bench­mark set by Claude Le­gris, who won 87 games with Sorel from 1972-76.

“If that team will win, it’s be­cause Olivier Roy will stand up — it’s as sim­ple as that,” said Durocher. “ We be­lieve in him and are con­fi­dent in him and we want him to be sharp in ev­ery as­pect.

“ When there’s less shots, I know it’s tougher for a goalie, but he did it be­fore.”

Marc-An­toine Géli­nas shoul­dered the loss for the vis­i­tors, fall­ing to 28-12 af­ter mak­ing 22 stops. Gabriel Gi­rard en­tered the game fol­low­ing Le­gault’s goal in the sec­ond and stopped all 14 shots in re­lief.

The Ea­gles (33-20-2-3, 71 points) con­tin­ues their home­s­tand Fri­day when they host the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads at 7 p.m. The game is the team’s an­nual Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity night, where CBU stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff will be in at­ten­dance.

NOTE: The Ea­gles had a num­ber of scratches, but Durocher said they’re all listed as day-to- day and are mostly pre­cau­tion­ary. They in­clude Brad Cuzner (up­per body), Kalin Paul (ill­ness), Marc Bour­geois (lower body) and JeanSe­bastien Fournier ( lower body)... Mem­bers of the Ea­gles will be at Bos­ton Pizza, Tues­day, for their an­nual Celebrity Server event. The play­ers will be tak­ing or­ders, do­ing dishes and serv­ing ta­bles from 5-9 p.m., with 10 per cent of all sales to be do­nated to the IWK Health Cen­tre Foun­da­tion.

T.J. Colello - Cape Bre­ton Post

Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles cap­tain Nick MacNeil parks him­self in front of Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes goal­tender Mar­cAn­toine Géli­nas dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League action Wed­nes­day at Cen­tre 200. MacNeil scored twice in Cape Bre­ton’s 5-3 win.

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