WIN ON HOME ICE

Cape Bre­ton posts 4-2 vic­tory in home re­turn after rough road trip

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Scream­ing Ea­gles dou­ble Is­landers 4-2 at Cen­tre 200.

The Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles re­ally missed that home cook­ing.

After a tough road trip through Que­bec that saw the club drop three out of four games, the Ea­gles re­bounded with a solid 4-2 win over the vis­it­ing Char­lot­te­town Is­landers at Cen­tre 200 on Wednesday night.

The win, which puts the team (5-4-0-0) above .500 on the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League sea­son, was a true team ef­fort, said Ea­gles gen­eral man­ager and head coach Marc-An­dré Du­mont.

“I think it was a solid 60-minute ef­fort. We used all four lines all game long and I felt we built our game as we went for­ward,” he said. “I think ev­ery­body was able to con­trib­ute tonight. That’s what we want — we want for ev­ery player to con­trib­ute.”

After a score­less first pe­riod, left-winger Tyler Hyl­land broke the ice. With the Ea­gles short-handed, he was awarded a penalty shot, putting the puck past Is­landers net­min­der Matthew Welsh for his first goal of the cam­paign. Min­utes later, Pey­ton Hoyt scored his sec­ond of the sea­son to put Cape Bre­ton

up 2-0 un­til Keith Get­son struck just five sec­onds into a Char­lot­te­town power play, beat­ing

Kyle Jes­si­man to close the gap to one.

The Ea­gles re­stored the two-goal edge dur­ing a fiveminute power play. With Char­lot­te­town’s Sul­li­van Sparkes serv­ing the ma­jor for knee­ing Ea­gles’ rookie de­fence­man Noah Laaouan, Mathias La­fer­rière buried the re­bound on Adam McCormick’s one-timer for the even­tual game-win­ner, send­ing the home team to the dress­ing room up 3-1.

It was a back-and-forth fi­nal fame un­til Adam Marsh’s beau­ti­ful stretch pass sprung Get­son on a break­away and

he bested Jes­si­man for his fifth goal of the year. With Welsh on the bench in favour of the ex­tra at­tacker, De­clan Smith pot­ted the in­sur­ance marker for the Ea­gles in the dy­ing mo­ments to make it a 4-2 fi­nal.

La­fer­rière, who was com­ing off a three-point night in Drum­mondville on Sun­day, now has six points in nine games this sea­son — his first full one in the QMJHL — and ap­pears to be show­ing why he was a key part of the deal that sent for­mer Ea­gles star Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Blainville-Bois­briand Ar­mada.

“It’s a way bet­ter league than midget so it takes time for me to get used to it. Last year I didn’t have a whole year but this year I have a whole year to get used it and slowly but surely I’m get­ting more con­fi­dent ev­ery game,” said the 17-year-old Mon­treal na­tive, who packed 15 pounds of mus­cle onto his 6-1 frame dur­ing the off­sea­son.

“Ob­vi­ously from last year I feel stronger, a lit­tle bit faster, but I will just keep work­ing through­out the year so I can get faster and stronger through­out the sea­son too.”

Du­mont said La­fer­rière is get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day.

“Laffy is a very tal­ented young hockey player. I’m glad to see him be suc­cess­ful of­fen­sively — that’s great for his con­fi­dence. And we’ve only seen the tip of the ice­berg with him — there’s so much be­low the sur­face right now in terms of po­ten­tial. It’s his job to con­vert that po­ten­tial into per­for­mance with time.”

The Ea­gles will re­main at home on Fri­day when they host the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads (4-2-20) on Fri­day for the first time in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Game time is 7 p.m. They then head to Hal­i­fax on Saturday for the sec­ond game of the home-and-home se­ries.

CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTO

Pey­ton Hoyt of the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles fends off a pair of Char­lot­te­town Is­landers de­fend­ers as he breaks to the net dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion at Cen­tre 200 on Wednesday night. Hoyt would later score as the Ea­gles won 4-2.

La­fer­rière

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