The Screaming Eagles rallied from behind on three occasions but couldn’t get the last laugh in a wild 6-5 loss in Shawinigan.
The game’s opening period didn’t given indications it would be such a slugfest, as the two sides were tied at 1 after twenty minutes. Shawinigan had their chances, though, outshooting Cape Breton 16-6 in the first frame. The first goal would come to the home team too, as Samuel Girard wired a puck through traffic on the power play to put Shawinigan up 1-0. However, Giovanni Fiore, playing his first game in Shawinigan since being traded in 2015-16, would tie the game after cutting off the wing and putting the puck through the five hole of Zachary Bouthillier.
More than half the game’s goals would come in the middle period as the home side started by building up a 4-1 lead. Traffic in front of the goal was again the key as Nicholas Welsh fired it through bodies in front to make the score 2-1. Then at the 6:39 mark Mathieu Olivier jumped into the play at the top of the blue paint and deked around the crease to add to the advantage. Before the halfway mark of period two, Alexis D’Aoust, Mathieu Olivier, and Samuel Girard came in on a 3 on 1 and D’Aoust would find the back of the net for a three goal margin.
But the second half of the second period would belong to Cape Breton. First it was Tyler Hylland, moving past Girard in the neutral zone to earn a breakaway and beat Bouthillier through the legs. It looked as though a two goal lead would stay with the Cataractes going to the break, but the Screaming Eagles would score twice in the period’s final two and a half minutes.
First it was Peyton Hoyt, who would skate over the blueline on the left side of the ice and cut out in front of the goalie before flipping it by Bouthillier at 17:36. And then, with just three seconds left in the frame, Massimo Carozza would score from behind the net- bouncing it off Bouthillier to tie the game. It was 4-4 heading into the third period.
Perhaps the break came at the perfect time for the Cataractes, as they showed no signs of being phased by the comeback to start the third period. Just 1:57 into the third stanza Brandon Gignac gave Shawinigan the lead for the third time in the game. But once again, Cape Breton showed push back as Giovanni Fiore scored less than two minutes later on a drop pass from Carozza and it was once again tied.
However the last word would belong to Antoine Demers, who came up the left wing on a late developing two on one. Demers elected to keep the puck and wired it past Jessiman for the winning goal at 8:09 of the third period. In the final two minutes, Cape Breton coach Marc-André Dumont elected to pull his netminder for an extra attacker. His club couldn’t find the tying goal, and for the first time on this six game road trip Cape Breton found themselves in the loss column.
Bouthillier allowed five goals on 32 shots in picking up the win, while Jessiman allowed six goals in 39 shots in the loss.
Next up the Eagles visit the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday night. Puck drop will be at 8:30 pm Atlantic time, and you can hear all the action on 1270 AM CJCB or online at http://www.cjcbradio.com.
Scratches For Cape Breton: Oliiver LeBlanc (lower body injury), Olivier Bourret, Logan O’Neil
Scratches For Shawinigan: Jonathan Deschamps (injury), Samuel Guilbault (injury), Xavier Pouliot, Samuel Blier (injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 39-32 in favour of Shawinigan
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/3
Shawinigan Power Play: 1/5