Screaming Eagles win streak ends at three
Cape Breton edged 6-5 by Shawinigan in seesaw game
At the final buzzer, the pendulum didn’t swing the way of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a 6-5 see-saw loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes on Wednesday.
The setback in front of 3,538 fans at the Centre Gervais Auto ended a threegame winning streak for the Screaming Eagles (32-20-2-2). Cataractes forward Antoine Demers broke a 5-5 tie at 8:09 of the third period, a goal assisted by Lingan’s Cavan Fitzgerald.
The Screaming Eagles trailed 4-1 at one point in the second period, but stormed back to pull even on goals by Tyler Hylland, Peyton Hoyt and Massimo Carozza in the second half of the middle frame. Giovanni Fiore bookended Cape Breton’s offence with goals in the first and third, while chipping in an assist. Ross MacDougall had two helpers.
Samuel Girard, Alexis D’Aoust and Mathieu Olivier each had a goal and two assists for the Cataractes (36-14-3-1). Brandon Gignac had a goal and an assist, while Nicholas Welsh added a single.
Both starting goalies went the distance between the pipes. Zachary Boutilier made 27 stops in the win, while Kyle Jessiman deflected 33 pucks in the loss. Jessiman’s record fell to 16-15-2-2 on the season.
Cape Breton is in the middle of a grueling road trip through Quebec that sees them play six games in nine days. The team has two games remaining on the odyssey: Friday against Val-d’Or and Saturday versus Rouyn-Noranda.
The Screaming Eagles return to the friendly confines of Centre 200 for back-to-back games Feb. 23 against Sherbrooke and Feb. 24 against Saint John.