Ea­gles re­bound from slow start to cor­ral Herd

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO

SYD­NEY — Al­though the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles even­tu­ally pulled off a 6-4 win over the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads, the home­side wasn’t overly pleased with their ef­fort.

Cape Bre­ton found it­self in a 30 deficit early in the sec­ond Fri­day, but re­bounded with four-straight goals top post their third straight Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League win.

“ The first pe­riod was em­bar­rass­ing re­ally, there’s no need — I don’t know why we came out like that,” said Ea­gles cap­tain Nick MacNeil. “ The coaches came in and gave us a good blast we de­served in the first in­ter­mis­sion and it just gave us that boost.

“ They shouldn’t have to do that, but some­times it hap­pens like that.”

MacNeil tipped home a point shot from Jan Piskacek on the power play at 16:18 of the third pe­riod past Moose­heads net­min- der Mathieu Cor­beil for the game win­ner. The play was re­viewed for a high stick, but the Creignish na­tive’s 30th of the sea­son was ruled valid.

The power play came af­ter Gar­rett Clarke stuck out the knee on Ea­gles for­ward Ja­cob La­gacé, which re­sulted in a five-minute ma­jor and a game mis­con­duct. La­gacé was stung by the hit and went off, but would later re­turn to fin­ish the game.

“ The sec­ond and third, I think we came to­gether,” said MacNeil, who also added two as­sists in the win.

“ The main thing is, we never quit on them and we’re lucky to get the two points tonight.”

La­gacé’s 33rd of the year into the empty net with 15 sec­onds left put the nail in the cof­fin of a Hal­i­fax team that re­fused to go out qui­etly.

T.J. Colello - Cape Bre­ton Post

Nick MacNeil of the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles, left, bat­tles off the draw with Brent An­drews of the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League action Fri­day at Cen­tre 200. MacNeil scored the game win­ner in a 6-4 win.

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