Eagles rebound from slow start to corral Herd
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.
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.