The Cape Breton Eagles fought back on home turf to earn a split of a home and home series with the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday Night at Centre 200. Shawn Boudrias had a three point effort to help the home team score a 5-1 victory over the Herd one night after Halifax opened the two-game set with a 6-5 win on Friday at Scotiabank Centre.
The Eagles were dominant on the power play with three goals on five opportunities including the first goal of the game at 14:19 of the first period when Derek Gentile beat goalie Alex Gravel for his eighth tally of of the season. Egor Sokolov added his third goal in two games when he made it 2-0 on the power play before the period came to an end. The 19-year-old Russian has 11 points in five games this season versus Halifax.
While Sokolov’s goal turned out to be the game-winner, Matthias Laferriere added an insurance marker 6:06 into the second period to increase the lead to 3-0. Raphael Lavoie’s 18th of the season broke the shutout attempt for goalie Kevin Mandolese but that was all the offense the Moose could muster. Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Max Trepanier picked up the assists as Trepanier extended his consecutive points streak to 15 games.
Lavoie, Groulx and defenceman Jared McIsaac were playing in their final game before joining Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp which begins on Monday in Oakville, On. The three Mooseheads were all Halifax picks in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Cape Breton controlled the puck possession for much of the game and added two more goals, both from Boudrias in the 5-1 win. The Moose went 0-5 on the power play while giving up three goals to the Eagles on the man advantage. Final shots were 39-22 for Cape Breton as the home team improved to 17-11-1-1.
The Mooseheads will wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule with three games next week including a road battle with Charlottetown on Wednesday before hosting the Islanders on Friday night at 7pm in the Teddy Bear Toss game at Scotiabank Centre. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop or charge by phone 902-451-1221. The Herd will also visit the Sea Dogs next Saturday night before heading home for the holidays.