Man­dolese stel­lar in Ea­gles win over Phoenix

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­

Kevin Man­dolese stopped 45 of 46 shots to back­stop the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles to a 4-1 win over the Sher­brooke Phoenix at Palais des Sports Léopold-Dro­let on Fri­day.

The win snaps a two-game los­ing streak for the Scream­ing Ea­gles that saw losses to the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan and Saint John Sea Dogs last week­end at Cen­tre 200.

Cape Bre­ton opened the scor­ing early with Phélix Martineau scor­ing his 24th goal of the sea­son 34 sec­onds into the open­ing frame to give the Scream­ing Ea­gles the lead.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles ex­tended their lead with Ross MacDougall’s marker at 15:19 of the sec­ond pe­riod, mak­ing the score 2-0.

Sher­brooke cut the Cape Bre­ton lead to one mid­way through the third pe­riod with a goal by Ni­co­las Poulin, snap­ping Man­dolese’s shutout bid, but the Scream­ing Ea­gles an­swered shortly af­ter with a Tyler Hyl­land goal at 10:19 of the fi­nal frame.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles se­cured the win with Gio­vanni Fiore scor­ing his 41st goal of the sea­son into an empty net with 40 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion time.

Cape Bre­ton’s Man­dolese im­proved his record to 13-5-00. Evan Fitz­patrick stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss for Sher­brooke, drop­ping his record to 12-20-1-2.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles will con­tinue their six-game Que­bec road swing on Sun­day when they play the Vic­to­ri­av­ille Ti­gres at 5 p.m. at Colisée Desjardins in Vic­to­ri­av­ille, Que. The last meet­ing be­tween two teams came on Dec. 3, a 3-2 Scream­ing Ea­gles win at Cen­tre 200.




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