Screaming Eagles open Junior Club World Cup with loss to Pirates


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UFA, RUSSIA – The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles opened the Junior Club World Cup with a 4-3 loss to the Chomutov Pirates of the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Radek Vesely, Nicolas Hlava, Patrik Hunady and Robert Cherny each scored goals for Chomutov, who improve to 2-0-0-0 at the tournament.

Charles-Eric Légaré, Loïk Léveillé and Clark Bishop replied with goals for the Screaming Eagles, who fall to 0-1-0-0 at this year’s tournament.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead six minutes into the game with goals by Radek Vesely on the power play and Nicolas Hlava in a span of 11 seconds. Chomutov added to their lead early in the second period as Patrik Hunady made the score 3-0.

Minutes after the Czech Republic took a three goal lead, Charles-Eric Légaré got the Screaming Eagles on the board with his first goal of the tournament to cut the Pirates lead to two, however 11 seconds later, Chomutov would regain the three goal lead as Robert Cherny found the back of the net beating goaltender François Brassard.

In the third period, Cape Breton made the game interesting with goals by Loïk Léveillé and Clark Bishop to cut the Chomutov lead to one, however despite a number of chances in the final three minutes with goaltender Brassard on the bench for the extra attacker, the Pirates would hold on for the victory.

Tomas Mastalirsky picked up the win in goal for Chomutov, while Brassard was tagged with the loss for Cape Breton.

The Screaming Eagles continue the Junior Club World Cup against Dinamo-Shinnik of Bobruisk, Belarus on Sunday at 3 a.m., Atlantic. The Belarus representative kicked off the tournament with a 2-0 win over the host Tolpar of Russia on Friday.