SYDNEY – Maxim Lazarev’s two goal performance powered the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to a 4-1 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Centre 200 on Wednesday.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Farrell also added goals for the Screaming Eagles, who snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 6-6-1-0 on the season.
Former Screaming Eagle Raphaël Corriveau had the lone goal for the Titan, who fall to 4-8-0-0 on the year.
After a scoreless first period, Cape Breton got the scoring started on the power play as Maxim Lazarev scored his seventh goal of the season at 5:59 of the second period, Loïk Léveillé and Evgeny Svechnikov were given the assists.
Acadie-Bathurst tied the game with a power play goal of their own as Raphaël Corriveau netted his fourth goal of the season at 12:42 of the middle frame, Andrew Ryan and Bronson Beaton picked up the helpers on the goal.
The Screaming Eagles regained the lead as rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois found the back of the net for his second goal of the season, on the power play, at 18:18 of the second period, Léveillé and Jason Bell added the assists.
Cape Breton extended their lead at 3:22 of the third period as Lazarev fired home his second goal of the game, eighth of the season, beating Titan goaltender Jacob Brennan, Dubois and Kyle Farrell found the score sheet with the helpers.
Farrell added an insurance goal scoring his team-leading 13th goal of the season into an empty net at 17:58 of the final stanza, Clark Bishop had the lone assist on the goal.
François Brassard made 22 saves in the win for Cape Breton, his record improves to 3-4-1-0. Brennan turned aside 17 of 20 shots in the loss for Acadie-Bathurst, his record falls to 4-6-0-0.
The Screaming Eagles return to action on Friday when they travel to Halifax to face the Mooseheads. Game time is 7 p.m. from the Scotiabank Centre. Fans can watch the game live on Eastlink TV, starting with the Rona Rink Cam at 6:30 p.m. You can also listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle, starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. with Patrick McNeil. Fans can also watch the game live online for free at http://endirect.lhjmq.qc.ca/qmjhl/.
Wednesday Night Game Notes:
Scratches For Cape Breton: Matthew Nosella (upper-body), Timothé Simard and Dillon Boucher (fractured femur).
Scratches For Acadie-Bathurst: Forwards, Christophe Boivin and Nathan Medeiros, along with defencemen Tucker White and Jacob Garon-Landry.
Returning To The Nest: Former Screaming Eagles players Raphaël Corriveau and Bronson Beaton returned to Centre 200 for the first time since being traded to Acadie-Bathurst in May. Corriveau had a goal in the game, while Beaton picked up an assist.
Smith Called Up By Screaming Eagles: The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles called up forward Jacob Smith from the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Truro Bearcats for Wednesday’s game. In 11 games with Truro, Smith recorded six goals and eight assists. He had no points against the Titan.
Zinkan Called Up By Titan: The Acadie-Bathurst Titan called up defenceman Bobby Zinkan from the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Summeside Western Capitals for Wednesday’s game. The former Swift Current Bronco has recorded three assists in six games with Sumerside. He had no points against the Screaming Eagles.
Hits: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Francis Brunelle had seven hits in the game, while Acadie-Bathurst Titan forward Raphaël Corriveau threw three hits. Cape Breton out hit Acadie-Bathurst 27-13.
Final Shots On Goal: 23-21 in favor of Acadie-Bathurst.
Cape Breton went 2/6 on the power play while Acadie-Bathurst went 1/6.
1st – (CAP) – Maxim Lazarev (2G, 2 PTS)
2nd – (CAP) – Pierre-Luc Dubois (1G, 1A, 2 PTS)
3rd – (CAP) – Loïk Léveillé (2A, 2 PTS)
Attendance at Centre 200 on Wednesday – 2,123