With March Break in full swing 6,105 fans were treated to a very exciting match between the Moncton Wildcats and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The game had major playoff implications with the Wildcats just 1 point behind the Eagles with home ice in the first round of the playoffs still up for grabs.
The Screaming Eagles Egor Sokolov opened the scoring with 5:36 remaining in the 1st period. Shortly after the Wildcats Jakob Pelletier tied it late in the 1st with his 37th of the season. Assists went to Alex Khovanov and Adam Capannelli. Early in the 2nd Mika Cyr scored his 26th of the year on the power play assisted by Alex Khovanov and Jakob Pelletier to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead but it was short lived as the Eagles Mitchell Balmas got a power play goal of their own. The Eagles Shaun Miller regained their lead at 12:14 in the 3rd with a turnover behind the Wildcats net. With the net empty Dylan Seitz of the Wildcats tied it 3-3 with 1:14 remaining in the game. Assists went to Aleksi Anttalainen and Gabriel Sylvestre. Overtime solved nothing and the game ended when Egor Sokolov won it for the Screaming Eagles in a shootout.
With the extra point, the Screaming Eagles increased their lead over the Wildcats in the Standings to two points.
The Wildcats are back on home ice for two games this weekend against division rivals. They will battle the Halifax Mooseheads Saturday evening at 7:00 pm followed by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. With only three home games remaining in the regular season be sure to get out and catch some more terrific Wildcats hockey!
For tickets visit the Subaru of Moncton Box Office, or buy them online at www.ticketmaster.ca