The young blueline of the Screaming Eagles stepped up as Cape Breton picked a big 4-2 victory over the Tigres on Sunday. Playing with just five defenseman, all rookies, the Eagles limited the home side to just 18 shots.
Vasily Glotov opened the scoring for the visitors on a stretch pass from Leon Gawanke at the 8:27 mark of the first period. Glotov bobbled the initial pass but cashed in on a rebound off the boards to make the score 1-0. The goal came 4 on 4 with Victoriaville’s Justin Doucet and Cape Breton’s Sacha Roy in the box.
Victoriaville would counter though, and take the lead prior to period’s end. Their first goal did not come without controversy as Maxime Comtois took out Cape Breton defenseman Alexis Sansfaçon along the boards. Eagles coach Marc-André Dumont protested, but played continued on. Space opened up on the other side of the ice and Ivan Kosorenkov hit former Cape Breton blueliner Brad Lalonde with a pass, and he deked and beat Kyle Jessiman to knot the game with under four minutes to play in the opening twenty minutes. Kosorenkov would then score himself with 66 seconds left in the period, on a sharp angle shot, and the Tigres had a 2-1 edge going into the intermission.
There would only be one goal in the middle period, and it would come at the 8:19 mark to the visiting side. Phélix Martineau and Yannik Bertrand worked a give and go with each player making a pass. As James Povall was stretching side to side to follow the play, Martineau slid it through his legs to tie the game.
A fortunate bounce would go the way of Cape Breton 1:15 into the third period when a Sacha Roy blast from the point bounced off of Kosorenkov and past Povall. Luck aside, the Eagles would carry the play in the third period, limiting the Tigres to just three shots and would earn a key insurance goal at 15:41. Lalonde’s play along the boards was intercepted by Glotov who flipped it to Martineau between the circles. Martineau hammered the puck through Povall to push the Eagle lead to 4-2 and conclude the scoring for the day.
Cape Breton dressed a full lineup of 18 skaters, but just as was the case on Friday night, defenseman Marcus Tesink sat on the team bench but did not actually play in the game as he is still recovering from an upper body injury. Forward Gabriel Proulx and defenseman Ryan MacLellan both played in their second game of the road trip as affiliate players for the Screaming Eagles.
Jessiman took the win in goal, stopping 16 of 18 shots while Povall took the loss, allowing four goals on 29 shots.
Scratches For Cape Breton: Peyton Hoyt (injury) Drake Batherson (suspension), Olivier LeBlanc (lower body injury), Ross MacDougall (sickness)
Scratches For Victoriaville: Tristan Pomerleau (facial injury), Samuel Beck (injury), Félix Meunier, Christopher Lanouette
Final Shots On Goal: 29-18 in favour of Cape Breton