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Wildcats pull off the comeback and win in the shootout!

Vincent Labelle scored the shootout winner as the Wildcats picked up their first victory of the season, 6-5, over the Cape Breton Eagles Friday at Avenir Centre.

Maxim Barbashew finished the night with a goal and two assists while Charles-Antoine Pilote and Yoan Loshing added a goal and an assist each. Jacob Stewart and Francis Langlois also scored for Moncton.

The Eagles had the only goal of the first period, a power play strike five-and-a-half minutes in.

Cape Breton extended its lead to 2-0 more than two minutes into the second.

Stewart cut the Wildcats’ deficit in half 21 seconds later, corralling the puck behind the Eagles net and burying a wraparound behind goalie Nicolas Ruccia.

The visitors scored two more a short time later and added another with seven minutes to go in the period to put Moncton down 5-2.

Loshing scored on a two-man advantage before the end of the middle frame, one-timing a loose puck from the right faceoff dot over the glove of Ruccia.

The Wildcats dominated the third period, beginning with a Barbashev rebound goal 98 seconds in.

Langlois pounced on a Cape Breton turnover three minutes later and tucked the puck inside the left post to make it 5-4.

Pilote tied the game on another 5-on-3 power play with under five minutes later, firing a low shot from the high slot that was deflected past Ruccia’s right leg.

Overtime would not decide a winner, but Auger kicked off the shootout with a nifty deke to his backhand to beat Ruccia on his blocker side. The Eagles also scored on their first attempt.

There were no more goals until Labelle potted the eventual winner in Round 3.

The second-year forward brought the puck in on the left side and snapped a shot along the ice, through the legs of Ruccia.

Cape Breton’s final shooter was denied by Thomas Couture, giving the Wildcats the extra point and their first win of the season.

Couture picked up the win in relief of Vincent Filion. He made nine saves and two of three in the shootout. Filion made 19 saves in forty minutes of action.

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