Eagles Fall To Wildcats On Opening Night
NOTES FROM THE GAME
– Yoan Loshing’s power play play goal early in the second period stood up as the winner as the Moncton Wildcats topped the Cape Breton Eagles 4-0 on opening night.
– Nicolas Ruccia starred for the Eagles, stopping 32 of 35 shots in addition to the empty netter.
– Émile Ricard, Lubos Stahon made their QMJHL debuts for the Eagles while Cole Burbidge, Thomas Begin, Callum Aucoin, Luke McPhee made their Eagle debuts.
– The Eagles welcomed back forward Jacob Newcombe, who took part in the warmup and took part in the ceremonial faceoff prior to the game.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening period. Moncton took control of the game in the second period, taking the lead on Loshing’s power play goal on a heavy one timer. Vincent
Collard added to the lead with a shot to the top corner early in the final frame.
New Eagles coach Louis Robitaille pulled his netminder with three minutes to play, and the Eagles were able to generate some chances, but couldn’t beat Jacob Steinman and Preston Lounsbury found the open goal. Former Eagle Connor Trenholm tipped a shot to finish the scoring.
The rematch between the Eagles & Wildcats takes place tomorrow at Centre 200. Puck drop is 7 PM Atlantic time. Tickets can be purchased at https://shorturl.at/mrGHX. They are also available for purchase in person at the Centre 200 box office and by the phone during box office hours at 902-564-2200
THREE STARS OF THE GAM(E
1. Yoah Loshing (Moncton) 1 goal
2. Nicolas Ruccia (Cape Breton) 32 saves on 35 shots
3. Olivier Boutin (Moncton) 1 assist, +1
Scratches For Cape Breton: Cam Squires (NHL camp), Cam MacDonald (NHL camp), Lincoln Waugh
Scratches For Moncton: Etienne Morin (NHL camp), Trent Ballentyne (injury), Riley Sampson, Sidney Deslauriers, Nathan Debreuil, Mavir Welk
Final Shots On Goal: 36-16 in favour of Cape Breton
Cape Breton Power Play: 0/3
Moncton Power Play: 1/4