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By: Jeremy Fraser
Alex Bureau made 32 saves for his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League win as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles got by the Val-D'or Foreurs 5-3 in front of 1,763 fans on hand at the Air Creebec Centre in Val-D'or, Que, Saturday.
Bureau also received third star honors for his performance in the Cape Breton goal.
Alexandre Lavoie had a pair for goals for Cape Breton, while Michael Clarke, Kyle Farrell and William Carrier rounded out the scoring for the Screaming Eagles, who improve to 2-3-1-2 on the season. Vincent Dunn had two goals for Val-D'or, while Timothé Simard had the lone single goal for the Foreurs, who fall to 1-5-0-0 on the year.
The Screaming Eagles opened the scoring as Alexandre Lavoie scored his fifth goal of the season beating Foreurs goaltender François Tremblay at 6:29 of the first period, Michael Clarke and Stephen Woodworth were given the assists.
Just over a minute later, Michael Clarke gave Cape Breton a 2-0 lead as he potted his fourth goal of the season with the helpers being awarded to Kyle Farrell and Alexandre Lavoie.
Val-D'or would cut the Screaming Eagles lead to one at 12:22 of the first frame as Timothé Simard netted his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal beating Alex Bureau, the goal was unassisted.
Cape Breton regained the two goal lead on the power play as Kyle Farrell notched his third goal of the season at 7:52 of the second period, Alexandre Lavoie and William Carrier picked up the assists on the goal.
The Screaming Eagles took a 4-1 lead at 11:30 of the middle frame as William Carrier fired home his fifth goal of the season, the goal was unassisted.
The Foreurs would cut the Cape Breton lead to two at 18:31 of the middle stanza as Vincent Dunn found the back of the net for his third goal of the season, Anthony Mantha and Michaël Beaudry found the score sheet with the helpers.
Val-D'or made the game interesting as they pulled to within one at 13:36 of the third period thanks to Vincent Dunn, who buried his second goal of the game (fourth of the season), Samuel Henley and Brett Hester were given the assists on the goal.
Alexandre Lavoie secured the victory for Cape Breton as he scored his second goal of the game (sixth of the season) into an empty net at 19:28 of the final frame, the goal was unassisted.
François Tremblay turned aside 15 of 19 shots before being replaced by Alexandre St-Arnaud, who stopped seven of eight shots in his 27:18 of relief, Tremblay did suffer the loss, his record falls to 1-4-0-0. As for Bureau, his record improves to 1-0-0-0.
The Screaming Eagles next game is tomorrow (Sunday, October 7th) as they finish up the road trip with a rematch against the Val-D'or Foreurs. Game time is 5pm (AST) from the Air Creebec Centre. You can listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle starting with the pre-game show at 4:30pm. You can also watch the game live online with Telus. (**Charges Apply**).
Saturday Night Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Gareth Nicholson, Simon Darveau (Shoulder), Zachery Moody and David Honzik (Shoulder).
Not in the lineup for Val-D'or: Forwards, Mason Gray and Cédrick Henley (Suspended, (hit to the head) ) along with defenseman Gabriel Beaupré (in Cleveland, AHL camp).
Bureau Records First Career QMJHL Win: Cape Breton Screaming Eagle goaltender Alex Bureau posted his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League win on Saturday night against the Foreurs. Bureau made 32 saves in the win. The native of Trois-Rivières, Que, was drafted by the Screaming Eagles at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round two, 21st overall.
First Career QMJHL Goal: Val-D'or Foreurs rookie Timothé Simard scored his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal on Saturday night. Simard cut the Screaming Eagles lead to one at 12:22 of the first period. Simard was drafted by the Foreurs at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round four, 64th overall.
Former Screaming Eagle Bench Boss: Former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle head coach and general manager Mario Durocher was behind the Val-D'or bench on Saturday. Durocher joined the Foreurs as an assistant coach on July 19th after leaving the Chicoutimi Saguenéens following the 2011-12 season. Durocher was fired by the Screaming Eagles on April 11th 2011.
Final shots on goal: 35-27 in favor of Val-D'or.
Cape Breton went 1/4 on the power play while Val-D'or went 0/4.
1st - (CAP) - William Carrier (1g,1a 2pts)
2nd - (VDO) - Vincent Dunn (2g, 2pts)
3rd - (CAP) - Alex Bureau (32 saves)
Attendance on Saturday night at the Air Creebec Centre - 1,763