By: Jeremy Fraser
SYDNEY – Cameron Darcy’s goal with 10.3 seconds to play in the third period led the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to a 5-4 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday.
Bradley Lalonde, Raphaël Corriveau, Julien Pelletier and Charles-Eric Légaré each scored single markers for the Screaming Eagles, who improve to 28-24-1-3 on the season, and snap a four game losing streak.
Martin Reway, Taylor Burke, Alexis Pépin and Vincent Dunn netted goals for the Olympiques, who fall to 34-19-1-3 on the year.
Cape Breton got on the board at 4:18 of the first period as Bradley Lalonde’s point shot found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season, Nicholas Dozzi had the lone assist on the goal.
The Screaming Eagles took a 2-0 lead at 9:14 of the opening frame as Raphaël Corriveau banged home his 17th goal of the season beating Olympiques goaltender Anthony Brodeur, Julien Pelletier and Timothé Simard were given the helpers.
Gatineau cut the Cape Breton lead to one at 11:52 of the first period as Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway fired a rocket beating Screaming Eagles goaltender Zachary Fortin, Alexandre Carrier and Adam Stevens added the assists.
Cape Breton regained the two goal lead as Julien Pelletier tipped home a Justin Haché point shot for his 19th goal of the season at 16:13 of the first frame, Haché had the lone helper on the goal.
The Olympiques pulled to within one at 7:59 of the second period as captain Taylor Burke buried his 21st goal of the season, former Screaming Eagle Jean-Simon Deslauriers and Emile Poirier picked up the assists.
Alexis Pépin tied the game at three as he tapped home his 13th goal of the season at 8:58 of the middle stanza, Alex Dostie and Vaclav Karabacek were awarded with the helpers.
The Screaming Eagles regained the lead on the power play as Charles-Eric Légaré notched his 26th goal of the season off a beautiful cross-ice pass by Cameron Darcy at 15:46 of the second period, Darcy and Haché found the score sheet with the assists on the goal.
Gatineau again tied the game as Vincent Dunn netted his 21st goal of the season at 3:54 of the third period, Poirier was given the only helper.
Cape Breton took a 5-4 lead and never looked back as Darcy scored his team-leading 31st goal of the season beating Olympiques netminder Robert Steeves with 10.3 seconds to play in the final stanza, Kyle Farrell and Stephen Woodworth added the assists on the game winning goal.
Fortin made 36 saves in the win for Cape Breton, his record improves to 11-3-0-0, while Brodeur stopped seven of 10 shots, before being replaced by Steeves, who made 16 saves in his 43:36 of relief. Steeves picked up the loss in goal, his record falls to 23-10-0-2.
The Screaming Eagles are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, when they host the Saint John Sea Dogs. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Centre 200. Tickets are available at the Centre 200 Box Office or online at tickets.capebreton.ca.
Saturday Night Game Notes:
Scratches For Cape Breton: Jason Bell (upper body), Francis Brunelle (suspended), Maxim Lazarev (upper body), and Jérémy Beaudry (upper body).
Scratches For Gatineau: Forwards, Derek Sheppard (suspended), Deverick Ottereyes and Jonathan Bourcier, along with defenceman, Brandon Smith and Alexandre Chenier-Allard.
Dower Makes QMJHL Debut: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenceman Lee Dower made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League debut against Gatineau on Saturday. Dower was recalled by the Screaming Eagles on Friday. Before being called up, Dower was playing with the Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. Dower had no points in the game, however posted a +1 rating.
Misconduct: Gatineau Olympiques forward Vincent Dunn was given 10 minute misconduct at 20:00 of the third period.
Final Shots on goal: 40-28 in favor of Gatineau.
Cape Breton went 1/4 on the power play, while Gatineau went 0/1.
1st – (CAP) – Cameron Darcy (1G, 1A, 2 PTS)
2nd – (GAT) – Vincent Dunn (1G, 1 PT)
3rd – (CAP) – Justin Haché (2A, 2 PTS)
Attendance at Centre 200 on Saturday – 2,199