Scream­ing Ea­gles come­back falls short in Chicoutimi

Cape Bre­ton drops Game 4 of the se­ries 5-4

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

The Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles pres­sured late with the net empty, but fell 5-4 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion Wed­nes­day at Cen­tre Ge­orges-Véz­ina in Chicoutimi, Que.

Antoine Mar­coux’s goal at 17:49 of the third stood up as the win­ner for the Saguenéens . The best-of­seven open­inground se­ries is now tied 2-2, with Game 5 slated for Fri­day in Chicoutimi.

“I think we played a good game (Wed­nes­day),” said Cape Bre­ton head coach Marc-An­dré Du­mont. “We dom­i­nated of­fen­sively, we dom­i­nated on the shots and scor­ing chances. What hurt us was play­ing catch up hockey. When you fall be­hind like that, you have to catch up and catch up.

“I felt we had a great start to the third pe­riod and had mo­men­tum, but un­for­tu­nately, they scored on their first chance. We still fought and I like the char­ac­ter our team showed.”

A power-play tally by Pierre-Luc Dubois with just over a minute to go brought Cape Bre- ton within a goal, but it was as close as the Scream­ing Ea­gles would get to a come­back. For­mer Ea­gle Ti­mothé Si­mard also scored in the third for Chicoutimi.

The home side took a 2-0 lead in the open­ing pe­riod on a pair of goals by Tay­lor Cooper. Maxim Lazarev replied for Cape Bre­ton with a power-play tally with a minute and a half re­main­ing in the frame. He fin­ished the game with a goal and two as­sists.

Ni­co­las Roy re­gained the Sags’ two-goal ad­van­tage in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Michael Joly and Colin Mac­Sween evened the score head­ing into the third.

In goal, Julio Bil­lia de­flected 41 shots to post the win. Alexan­dre Bélanger de­flected 17 pucks in the loss. Cape Bre­ton has out­shot Chicoutimi in three of four games of the se­ries.

Cape Bre­ton fin­ished 3-for-5 on the power play, while Chicoutimi went 2-for-5.

“I think our guys are do­ing a great job mak­ing sure we don’t give too many power plays,” said Du­mont. “We gave five, our lowest num­ber in the se­ries up to now. It’s a good thing and we need to keep play­ing dis­ci­plined hockey. It showed (Wed­nes­day) if they don’t have eight or nine power plays, they have a trou­ble reach­ing 25 shots. We have to keep go­ing in that di­rec­tion.”

The se­ries will re­turn to Cape Bre­ton for Game 6 on April 4, a 7 p.m. start at Cen­tre 200. If nec­es­sary, Game 7 will be played April 5, an­other 7 p.m. puck drop in Syd­ney.

NOTES: For­ward Phélix Martineau left the game and didn’t re­turn. There was no up­date on his in­jury. Clark Bishop ( lower body) and De­clan Smith (up­per body) re­main day-to-day.

Lazarev

Du­mont

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