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Cape Breton falls 5-2 to visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix
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.
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.