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By: Jeremy Fraser
Bronson Beaton’s first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League hat-trick was not enough for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as they were defeated 7-3 by the Val-D’or Foreurs in front of 1,483 fans at the Air Creebec Centre in Val-D’or, Que.
The game marked the end of a seven game road trip which saw the club make stops in Bathurst, Moncton, Halifax, Rouyn-Noranda and Val-D’or.
Anthony Mantha led the way for the Foreurs with a hat-trick, while Cédrick Henley netted a pair of goals for Val-D’or. Michaël Beaudry and Timothé Simard rounded out the scoring for Val-D’or, who improve to 2-5-0-0 on the season.
With the loss the Screaming Eagles record slips to 2-4-1-2 on the year.
The Foreurs jumped out to an early lead on the power play at 2:23 of the first period as Cédrick Henley scored his first goal of the season beating Screaming Eagle goaltender Philippe Trudeau, Julien Leduc and Matt Murphy were given the assists.
Val-D’or took a 2-0 lead at 7:20 of the first frame as Cédrick Henley netted his second goal of the game (second of the season) with the helpers being awarded to Matt Murphy and Michaël Beaudry.
Cape Breton cut the Foreurs lead to one as Bronson Beaton notched his second goal of the season beating Foreurs goaltender Alexandre St-Armaud at 8:23 of the opening period, Raphaël Corriveau and William Carrier picked up the assists on the goal.
Timothé Simard regained the two goal lead for Val-D’or as he found the back of the net for his second goal of the season at 16:17 of the first period, Thierry Comtois and Anthony Richard recorded the helpers.
The Foreurs took a 4-1 lead as Michaël Beaudry fired home his third goal of the season at 12:12 of the second period, Guillaume Gélinas and Artem Sergeev found the score sheet with the assists.
Just seconds later, Anthony Mantha added to the Foreurs lead as he buried his third goal of the season at 12:45 of the middle frame, Artem Sergeev and Guillaume Gélinas picked up the helpers.
The goals did not stop coming in the third period for Val-D’or as Anthony Mantha scored his second goal of the game (fourth of the season) beating Alex Bureau on the power play at 1:56 of the final frame, Anton Zlobin and Matt Murphy were given the assists.
The Screaming Eagles would cut into the Foreurs lead at 2:47 of the third period as Bronson Beaton scored his second goal of the game (third of the season) beating St-Armaud, William Carrier added the lone helper on the goal.
Anthony Mantha would complete the hat-trick for Val-D’or at 5:36 of the final stanza as he netted his third goal of the game (fifth of the season), Michaël Beaudry and Nicolas Aubé-Kubel were awarded with the assists.
Cape Breton did add another goal before the contest was complete as Bronson Beaton recorded the hat-trick with his third goal of the game (fourth of the season) at 12:50 of the final period, William Carrier recorded the only helper on the goal.
Alexandre St-Armaud made 12 saves in the win for Val-D’or, his record improves to 1-1-0-0, while Philippe Trudeau turned aside 24 of 27 shots before being replaced by Alex Bureau, who stopped 22 of 26 shots in his 29:19 of relief, Bureau did pick up the loss in goal, his record falls to 1-1-0-0.
The Screaming Eagles next game is Wednesday (October 10th) as they host the Val-D’or Foreurs at Centre 200. Game time is 7pm.
Sunday Afternoon Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Gareth Nicholson, Cole Murphy, Simon Darveau (Shoulder) and David Honzik (Shoulder).
Not in the lineup for Val-D’or: Forward, Mason Gray and defenseman Gabriel Beaupré (in Cleveland, AHL camp).
Cédrick Henley Back In Foreurs Lineup: Val-D’or Foreurs captain Cédrick Henley returned to the clubs lineup on Sunday afternoon. Henley missed the Foreurs last two games after being suspended for a hit to the head on Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Olivier Archambault. Henley had two goals in the game for Val-D’or.
Mantha And Beaton Record Hat-tricks: Val-D’or Foreur right winger Anthony Mantha and Cape Breton Screaming Eagle center Bronson Beaton both recorded hat-tricks during the game on Sunday afternoon.
First Career QMJHL Point: Val-D’or Foreur center Nicolas Aubé-Kubel recorded his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League point on Sunday against the Screaming Eagles. Aubé-Kubel picked up an assist on Anthony Mantha’s third goal of the game during the third period. Aubé-Kubel was drafted by the Foreurs at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round one, 7th overall.
Fights: There were three fights in the contest. Anthony Mantha (Val-D’or) Vs. Kyle Campbell (Cape Breton), Samuel Henley (Val-D’or) Vs. Raphaël Corriveau (Cape Breton) and Brett Hester (Val-D’or) Vs. Simon Desmarais (Cape Breton).
Final shots on goal: 53-15 in favor of Val-D’or.
Cape Breton went 0/4 on the power play while Val-D’or went 2/4.
1st – (VDO) – Anthony Mantha (3g, 3pts)
2nd – (VDO) – Michaël Beaudry (1g, 2a, 3pts)
3rd – (VDO) – Bronson Beaton (3g, 3pts)
Attendance on Sunday afternoon at the Air Creebec Centre – 1,483