QMJHL ac­tion from Cen­tre 200

Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles fall 6-4 to vis­it­ing Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

See how the Scream­ing Ea­gles did against the Ti­tan last night.

The Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles had their four-game win­ning streak snapped, los­ing 6-4 to the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion at Cen­tre 200 on Fri­day.

At one point, the Scream­ing Ea­gles trailed the Ti­tan 5-2 in the sec­ond pe­riod, but bat­tled back to make the score 5-4 be­fore the Ti­tan sealed the deal with an empty-net goal late in the third pe­riod.

Marc-André Du­mont, Scream­ing Ea­gles’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager, said his team showed a no-quit at­ti­tude.

“We didn’t let the events of the game stop us from play­ing our style,” he said. “We tied the sec­ond pe­riod and won the third pe­riod.”

Cape Bre­ton opened the scor­ing early in the game with Olivier Le­Blanc scor­ing his ninth goal of the sea­son to give the Scream­ing Ea­gles the lead, but the goal came at a price. Le­Blanc was in­jured af­ter a col­li­sion in front of the Ti­tan net fol­low­ing the goal. He left the game and did not re­turn.

The Ti­tan tied the game just past the six-minute mark of the first pe­riod with Olivier Des­jardins find­ing the back of the net. Just over a minute later, the vis­i­tors would take the lead with Vladimir Kuznetsov mak­ing the score 2-1.

An­toine Mo­rand ex­tended the lead for the Ti­tan be­fore Cape Bre­ton for­ward Gio­vanni Fiore made the score 3-2 with his league-lead­ing 40th goal of the sea­son. Acadie-Bathurst took a 4-2 lead into the first in­ter­mis­sion with Daniil Miro­manov’s goal at 17:35.

Daw­son Theede added to the Ti­tan lead in the sec­ond pe­riod to give Acadie-Bathurst a 5-2 lead, but the Scream­ing Ea­gles an­swered be­fore the mid­dle stanza was over as rookie Mathias La­fer­rière pulled Cape Bre­ton to within two on the power play.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles would come close to ty­ing the con­test with Phélix Martineau net­ting his 23rd goal of the sea­son to make the score 5-4 just past the half­way mark of the third pe­riod, but the Ti­tan would se­cure the win with Jef­frey Tru­chonViel adding an in­sur­ance goal into an empty net at the 18:54 mark of the fi­nal frame.

An­thony Du­mont-Bouchard made 23 saves in the win for Acadie-Bathurst. Kyle Jes­si­man stopped 26 of 31 shots in Cape Bre­ton’s loss.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles will now turn their at­ten­tion to the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Saint John Sea Dogs this af­ter­noon.

Du­mont said the Sea Dogs are a pow­er­house team, built to win a Me­mo­rial Cup.

“When we play our game and we play our style and work hard, we feel good about our­selves, and that’s what we have to do against Saint John on Satur­day.”

The last meet­ing be­tween the Scream­ing Ea­gles and Sea Dogs was on Jan. 15 at Har­bour Sta­tion in Saint John, a game Cape Bre­ton won 7-6.

Puck drop for this af­ter­noon’s game is set for 4 p.m. at Cen­tre 200.

GAME NOTES: Cape Bre­ton’s Olivier Le­Blanc was in­jured less then two min­utes into the game af­ter a col­li­sion, fol­low­ing Cape Bre­ton’s first goal. Du­mont had no up­date on Le­Blanc’s con­di­tion af­ter the game.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Gio­vanni Fiore, right, of the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles car­ries the puck into the at­tack­ing zone as Olivier Des­jardins of the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan gets ready to pres­sure dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion at Cen­tre 200 on Fri­day. The Ti­tan won the game 6-4.

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