The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles offense came through in a big way in the final game of a three game swing through Quebec. Two first period goals from Phélix Martineau kickstarted things en route to a 7-2 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
It didn’t take long for Martineau to open the scoring, catching Olivier Rodrigue by surprise at the 2:41 mark. Kristian Afanasyev would equalize the score, but Martineau would put the Eagles back in front off a broken play. Vasily Glotov came up the right side, didn’t fully get off his shot which took a bounce to Cape Breton’s #8 who would bury it for his second of the period. The Eagles had scored twice on their first two goals.
Cape Breton found the back of the net even quicker in the second period. Massimo Carozza burst up the right side of ice, to the lip of the goal, and dropped the puck back, banking it off of the Drummondville defenseman and into the net. It looked like 3-1 might be the score heading to the break, but there would be a mini-flurry of goals before the night’s second siren went off.
Peyton Hoyt ripped a shot over Rodrigue to push the lead 4-1. Less than one minute later, Afanasyev would respond with his second of the night, but 70 seconds after that goal, Duncan MacIntyre would flutter a high shot from the point to the net. The Screaming Eagles led 5-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Once again in the final frame, Cape Breton would strike in the first three minutes. This time it was at 1:42, Vasily Glotov netting a power play marker. Prior to that point of the game, the Eagles did not have any power plays and Drummondville had had four power play opportunities (which were all killed off by Cape Breton.) Glotov’s goal was scored on Frédéric Foulem, who came in in relief of Rodrigue.
Period three saw emotions boil over as well and there were three fights in the final stanza. Martineau was challenged after throwing a check, and landed a takedown in his fight with Marc-Olivier Duquette. A later scrum saw the Eagles take exception to a hit from behind by Nathan Hudgin on Alexis Sansfaçon. Hudgin fought with Olivier Bourret and on the same sequence Drake Batherson battled Jean-Simon Dionne.
Prior to the last pair of fights, Carozza found the net for a second time to put the final score at 7-2. Although Foulem allowed two goals in one period, his save percentage hardly took a hit as he faced twenty shots. Carozza’s goal came 1:26 into a full two minute 5 on 3 advantage, as the Eagles drew seven power plays in the last period.
Kevin Mandolese stood tall in Cape Breton’s goal, stopping 31 of 33 shots, including 11 first period saves. Rodrigue allowed five goals on 15 shots in taking the loss. Both Mandolese and Rodrigue will now depart their club teams for the World Under 17 championship.
Having played five straight games on the road, the Screaming Eagles finally return home for their first game of the season, Wednesday night, against divisional rival the Moncton Wildcats. Tickets can be purchased at Centre 200 box office, by calling 902-564-2200 or online at https://tickets.capebreton.ca/Online/default.asp
1. Olivier LeBlanc (Cape Breton) 3 assists, +3
2. Phélix Martineau (Cape Breton) 2 goals, 5 shots
3. Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton) 1 goal, 2 assists
Scratches For Cape Breton: Anthony Beauchamp, Giovanni Fiore, Leon Gawanke, Marcus Tesink, Adam McCormick
Scratches For Drummondville: Benjamin Gagné (suspension), Mathieu Sévigny (injury)
Final Shots On Goal: 35-33 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 2/7
Drummondville Power Play: 0/5