Eagles Start Second Half Of Season With Loss

Post game update courtesy of Bell Aliant – Twitter: @Bell_Aliant #FibreOP

By: Jeremy Fraser

  The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles started the second half of the season with a loss on Friday night, as they were defeated 4-1 by the Halifax Mooseheads in front of 4,223 fans on hand at Centre 200.

  Max Lindsay scored twice for Halifax, while Darcy Ashley and Matthew Boudreau also had goals for the Mooseheads, who improve to 30-3-1-1 on the season.

  Dany Potvin had the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles, who fall to 9-22-3-4 on the year.

  After a scoreless first period, Halifax took a 1-0 lead at 8:18 of the second period as Max Lindsay scored his second goal of the season going five-hole on Screaming Eagles goaltender Philippe Trudeau, Austyn Hardie and Dominic Beauchemin were given the assists.

  Just seconds later, the Mooseheads took a 2-0 lead as Darcy Ashley found the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season at 8:46 of the middle frame, MacKenzie Weegar and Brendan Duke picked up the helpers on the goal.

  Matthew Boudreau gave Halifax a three-goal lead as he netted his 27th goal of the season at 4:37 of the third period, Brendan Duke and Luca Ciampini were awarded with the assists.

  Cape Breton would cut the Mooseheads lead to two as Dany Potvin buried his first goal of the season going five-hole on Halifax goaltender Zachary Fucale at 5:20 of the final stanza, Bronson Beaton and Cory MacIntosh found the score sheet with the helpers.

  The Mooseheads secured the victory as Max Lindsay scored his second goal of the game (third of the season) into an empty net at 19:18 of the third period, Dominic Beauchemin had the lone assist on the goal.

  Zachary Fucale made 15 saves in the win for Halifax, his record improves to 23-3-0-1, while Philippe Trudeau turned aside 24 of 27 shots in the loss for Cape Breton, his record falls to 4-12-2-4.

  The Screaming Eagles next game is tomorrow, Saturday, December 29th as they travel to Halifax for game two of the home-and-home Battle of Nova Scotia series. Game time is scheduled for 7pm at the Halifax Metro Centre. You can listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm with Kyle Moore. You can also watch the game live online with Telus.

Friday Night Game Notes:

Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Alexandre Lavoie, Kyle Campbell, Alex Bureau (World Under-17’s – Team Quebec), Clark Bishop (World Under-17’s – Team Atlantic), Zachery Moody (World Under-17’s – Team Atlantic), Cole Murphy (Broken Finger), John-Michael Walsh (Broken Arm), Jakub Culek (Upper Body), William Carrier (Lower Body) and Simon Darveau (Shoulder).

Not in the lineup for Halifax: Forwards, Nathan MacKinnon (World Juniors – Team Canada), Jonathan Drouin (World Juniors – Team Canada) and Martin Frk (World Juniors – Team Czech Republic) along with goaltenders Anthony Terenzio and Jeremy Gallant.

Pre-Game: Rebecca Nickerson, Manager of Volunteer Services with Feed Nova Scotia dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the game on Friday night.

Delay: The game on Friday night was delayed 30-minutes due to flight delays experienced by the Halifax Mooseheads. The game officially got underway at 7:30pm

Battle Of Nova Scotia Game: The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Halifax Mooseheads held their fourth annual “Battle of Nova Scotia” game at Centre 200 on Friday night. Friday night’s game marked game one of the home-and-home series, which continues on Saturday in Halifax. Screaming Eagles fans were asked to bring non-perishable food items in support of Feed Nova Scotia to the game. For each food item that was given, fans got a ballot for a chance to win one of the 20 Nova Scotia themed jerseys, which the club had on during the game. The winners of the jerseys will be announced on in January.

Leduc Leaves Game: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Loic Leduc left the game during the second period after falling awkwardly on his leg. No word on his status for Saturday’s game in Halifax.

Potvin In Screaming Eagles Lineup: Forward Dany Potvin was in the Screaming Eagles lineup on Friday night against Halifax. The 20-year-old was called up by the hockey club on December 26th. Potvin, who played two seasons with the Screaming Eagles, is currently playing with the Concordia Stingers. Potvin had the only goal in the game for Cape Breton.

First Career QMJHL Game: Center Julien Pelletier made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League debut on Friday night against Halifax. Pelletier, who was drafted in the third round in 2012 by Cape Breton, was called up by the hockey club on December 26th. The native of Gatineau, Que., has 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) with the Gatineau L’Intrépide of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. The 16-year-old had no points in the game.

Final Shots On Goal: 28-16 in favor of Halifax.

Halifax went 0/5 on the power play, while Cape Breton did not have a power play opportunity.

Dickies hardest working player of the game went to Billy Hartley.

Three Stars:

1st – (HAL) – Brendan Duke (2a, 2pts)
2nd – (CAP) – Dany Potvin (1g, 1pt)
3rd – (HAL) – Matthew Boudreau (1g, 1pt)

Attendance on Friday night at Centre 200 – 4,223

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