Roy makes 18 saves to improve to 27-19
The Herd surprised the home team with two, power-play goals in the first from Travis Randell and Gerrad Grant for a 2-0 advantage. They added to that lead early in the second on a goal from Bradley MacDonald.
But a short-handed tally from Viktor Hertzberg, who snapped a shot past Corbeil on a breakaway, woke up the Eagles offence. Ashton Bernard and Luke Adam, who also recorded two helpers, followed to tie the game.
Mathieu Brodeur finished off a nice passing play 4:15 into the third to give the Eagles the 43 advantage, but the pesky Mooseheads replied with Grant’s second of the game midway through the period.
That set the stage for MacNeil and Lagacé late in the final stanza, as the Eagles got away with one on home ice. But despite the triumph, Eagles head coach and general manager Mario Durocher felt it was a disconcerting effort by his team.
“ We cheat, we were selfish, we were not able to get composure, we were panicking because we weren’t able to get our way,” he said. “It was really ugly.
“At the beginning of the game, we were looking to make passes instead of shooting and guys were looking for the fancy play...We have a system and the guys didn’t follow it.”
In goal, Olivier Roy made 18 saves in the win, improving to 27-19 on the season. Corbeil stopped 39 shots in the loss and fell to 8-33.
The home-and-home series continues Sunday in Halifax at the Metro Centre, a 4 p.m. start.
NOTES: The Eagles were without Kalin Paul (illness) and Taylor MacDougall (lower body), who are both listed as day-to-day. Nick Parker was a healthy scratch.