Roy makes 18 saves to im­prove to 27-19

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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.

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