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Cape Breton falls 5-2 to vis­it­ing Sher­brooke Phoenix

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

See how the Scream­ing Ea­gles did at Cen­tre 200 last night.

The Cape Breton Scream­ing Ea­gles had some qual­ity chances, but couldn’t make them count in a 5-2 loss to the Sher­brooke Phoenix on Thurs­day at Cen­tre 200.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Scream­ing Ea­gles (32-23-2-2), play­ing their first game back at Cen­tre 200 af­ter a six-game road trip through Que­bec.

Down 3-2 in the third, Cape Breton had their best chance to pull even, but Phoenix net­min­der Evan Fitz­patrick turned aside Pey­ton Hoyt on the doorstep. Soon af­ter, Félix Robert net­ted an in­sur­ance tally.

Former Scream­ing Ea­gles for­ward Julien Pel­letier put the game on ice with an empty-net tally, as the home side pushed to erase the two-goal deficit.

“The big­gest thing was, for a lit­tle bit of the first pe­riod and some parts of the game here or there, they were more hun­gry for the puck than we were, which is not some­thing we do,” said Scream­ing Ea­gles cap­tain Olivier LeBlanc, who re­turned to the lineup af­ter suf­fer­ing a lower-body in­jury on Feb. 3. “Usu­ally, we’re the hard­est work­ing team out there and I think that had a key role in us los­ing.”

Yaroslav Alex­eyev scored the open­ing two goals of the game in the first pe­riod to give the visi­tors a 2-0 ad­van­tage. Gio­vanni Fiore, with his league­lead­ing 46th goal of the sea­son, cut the lead in half.

In the sec­ond, Mas­simo Carozza tied the game by bury­ing a short-handed break­away with a slick move. On the same Phoenix power play, how­ever, Marek Zachar put home a re­bound for the game-win­ning goal.

“I think we lacked ur­gency in the first half and we got it back in the sec­ond half, but it wasn’t enough,” said Scream­ing Ea­gles head coach Marc-An­dré Dumont. “We didn’t have the start we wanted to have. We did get a lot of chances and scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but to bury those chances, we need to show more ur­gency.”

Fitz­patrick stood tall in the Sher­brooke goal, mak­ing 35 stops. Kevin Man­dolese made

28 saves, and kept Cape Breton in the game un­til the third. His record fell to 14-7-0-0.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles have a lofty task ahead of them tonight when they host the league-lead­ing Saint John Sea Dogs at Cen­tre 200. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

T.J. COLELLO/

Cape Breton Scream­ing Ea­gles de­fence­man Leon Gawanke, left, and Sher­brooke Phoenix for­ward Ni­co­las Poulin chase af­ter a loose puck dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League play Thurs­day at Cen­tre 200. Sher­brooke won the game, 5-2.

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