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By: Jeremy Fraser
Charles-Eric Légaré had a goal and two assists to power the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to a 5-3 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in front of 1,754 fans on hand on a stormy Saturday night at Centre 200.
With the win, the Screaming Eagles snap a 5-game losing streak, which dated back to January 24th, 2013.
Along with Légaré scoring for Cape Breton, Bryce Milson, Michael Clarke, Bronson Beaton and Clark Bishop also netted goals for the Screaming Eagles, who improve to 11-34-3-5 on the season.
Raphaël Bussières had a pair of goals, while Alec Jon Banville also chipped in with a goal for the Drakkar, who fall to 36-14-2-3 on the year.
Baie-Comeau opened the scoring early in the game as Raphaël Bussières scored his 23rd goal of the season at 2:31 of the first period, Petr Straka and Jérémy Grégoire were given the assists.
Less than a minute later, Alec Jon Banville gave the Drakkar a 2-0 lead as he netted his 10th goal of the season beating Screaming Eagles goaltender David Honzik at 3:16 of the period, Charles Poulin and Francis Turbide added the helpers on the goal.
The Screaming Eagles cut the Baie-Comeau lead to one at 6:27 of the opening period as Charles-Eric Légaré notched his ninth goal of the season, Michael Clarke and Justin Haché were given credit for the assists.
The Drakkar would regain the two-goal lead as Raphaël Bussières found the back of the net for his second goal of the game (24th of the season) at 14:02 of the first frame, Maxim Lamarche and Carl Gélinas picked up the helpers on the goal.
Cape Breton again cut the visitors lead to one as Bryce Milson scored his first goal as a Screaming Eagle beating Baie-Comeau goaltender Francis Desrosiers shorthanded at 14:54 of the first period, Jonathan Oligny had the lone assist.
The Screaming Eagles would tie the game at three on the power play as Michael Clarke fired home his 15th goal of the season at 2:55 of the second period, Charles-Eric Légaré and Justin Haché found the score sheet with the helpers.
Bronson Beaton gave Cape Breton their first lead of the game at 9:52 of the second period as he tapped home a Charles-Eric Légaré rebound for his 11th goal of the season, Légaré along with Raphaël Corriveau were given the assists.
The hometown Screaming Eagles took a 5-3 lead and never looked back as Clark Bishop scored his fifth goal of the season beating Drakkar goaltender Philippe Cadorette at 18:39 of the middle frame, Michael Lyle and Zachery Moody added the helpers on the goal.
Alex Bureau made 38 saves for Cape Breton after replacing David Honzik between the pipes at 3:16 of the first period. Bureau’s record improves to 4-6-1-0, while Francis Desrosiers turned aside eight of 12 shots for Baie-Comeau, before being replaced by Philippe Cadorette, who stopped five of six shots in his 29-minutes of relief. Desrosiers did pick up the loss in goal, his record falls to 6-10-1-1.
The Screaming Eagles next game is on Wednesday, February 13th when they battle the Gatineau Olympiques at the Robert-Guertin Centre in Gatineau, Que. Game time is scheduled for 8:30p.m. (AST). You can listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle starting with the pre-game show at 8:00p.m. You can also watch the game live online with Telus.
Saturday Night Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Gareth Nicholson, Loic Leduc (Lower Body), Kyle Farrell (Concussion), Jakub Culek (Upper Body) and William Carrier (Lower Body)
Not in the lineup for Baie-Comeau: Forwards, Olivier Jodoin and Bokondji Imama along with defenseman Alexis Vanier.
First Goal As Screaming Eagle: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles left winger Bryce Milson scored his first goal as a Screaming Eagle on Saturday night. Milson was traded to Cape Breton on December 22nd for a fifth round pick at the 2013 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
Misconducts: Baie-Comeau Drakkar players Alexandre Chênevert, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Gabriel Verpaelst along with Cape Breton Screaming Eagles players Timothé Simard and Jonathan Oligny were given misconducts during the second period of the game.
Fights: There was one fight in the game. Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau (Baie-Comeau) Vs. Justin Haché (Cape Breton).
Final Shots On Goal: 43-18 in favor of Baie-Comeau.
Cape Breton went 1/4 on the power play, while Baie-Comeau went 0/8.
Dickies hardest working player of the game went to Clark Bishop.
1st – (CAP) – Alex Bureau (38 saves)
2nd – (CAP) – Charles-Eric Légaré (1g, 2a, 3pts)
3rd – (CAP) – Justin Haché (2a, 2pts)
Attendance at Centre 200 on Saturday night – 1,754