It’s back in the win column for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as they played their first home of 2017.
Vasily Glotov scored a pair while Logan O’Neil and Sacha Roy both scored their first QMJHL goals to pace the Screaming Eagles to a 7-3 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The scoreline almost matched the result on October 23rd, when Cape Breton won 7-2 in Drummondville.
Wednesday’s night win was paced by a strong opening 20 minutes for the Screaming Eagles. Massimo Carozza got the party started just 2:35 into the contest after Vasily Glotov wired the puck towards the front of the net and found Carozza at the the top of the crease. Then it was about ten minutes later that Glotov himself would light the lamp, flipping the puck through substantial traffic.
Carozza drew an assist on the Glotov goal, and then would set up another key goal at the 13:18 mark. He hit Logan O’Neil with a cross ice pass and O’Neil would convert to beat Émilien Boily. It was the first goal of O’Neil’s career. The Mira native had served as an affiliate player before being called up for the balance of the season by the Screaming Eagles. The game against Drummondville was his first game since the permanent recall and his goal would be the final one of the opening period.
There were would be no scoring in the first half of the middle stanza, and there would be fireworks before there were any red lights. Drummondville’s Nicolas Guay and Cape Breton’s Ross MacDougall dropped the gloves, and while both men garnered their share of shots it would be Guay who would land the better blows and draw some blood from MacDougall. MacDougall, recently acquired from the Québec Remparts, was appearing in his first game as an Eagles at Centre 200 and would return to action in the third period.
Drummondville would get on the board at the 14:25 mark of the second period when Nathan Hudgin wired a one timer from the right circle on the power play. But there would be a quick response from the home team with a power play marker of its own. Giovanni Fiore would cut through the four man box of the Voltigeurs with a diagonal feed to Glotov, who produced a nifty piece of stickhandling and flung the puck over Boily. In the final minute of the lead would be pushed to four goals thanks to Ty Fournier, who came up the left side to convert a Carozza pass to make it a 5-1 game.
Charles-Olivier Ouimet would score early in the third period on the power play as the Voltigeurs were not going to go away quietly. Even taking their own penalty would not deter their comeback attempt as the next goal would be a short handed one for the visitors. Hudgin found himself alone in the neutral zone and went top shelf on a breakaway to cut the lead to 5-3.
But although the Eagles bent, they would not break. For the second time in the evening, Cape Breton would see one of its rookies score the first goal of his career. After he scored his first career goal earlier in the night, O’Neil passed the puck to Sacha Roy who sent a bomb from the blueline to collect his first goal and re-establish a three goal margin for Cape Breton. Eagles captain Olivier LeBlanc would put the game out of reach with a shot from the top of the left circle for the final tally of the night.
Kevin Mandolese shone in goal for Cape Breton, turning aside 32 of 35 Voltigeur shots. Boily allowed all seven goals in the Drummondville goal on 28 shots.
Giovanni Fiore saw his eight game goal scoring streak come to an end, but did collect three assists and was named third star. In addition to MacDougall, Mathias Laferrière was playing his first home game since being acquired in a trade by the Screaming Eagles.
Next up for the Eagles is a date with the Maritime Division leading Saint John Sea Dogs, who visit Centre 200 for a 7 PM puck drop on Friday night. Tickets for the game can be purchased at Centre 200 box office, by calling 902-564-2200 or online at https://tickets.capebreton.ca/Online/default.asp
1. Massimo Carozza (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 3 assists, +5
2. Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton) 2 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
3. Giovanni Fiore (Cape Breton) 3 assists, +2
Scratches For Cape Breton: Tyler Hylland (upper body injury), Adam McCormick
Scratches For Drummondville: Guillaume Desmarais, Xavier Bernard
Final Shots On Goal: Cape Breton-35 Drummondville-28
Cape Breton Power Play: 1/5
Drummondville Power Play: 2/6