It was a weekend to forget for the Cape Breton Eagles.
The local Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team suffered a pair of losses on the road to the Maritime Division-leading Acadie-Bathurst Titan, including an 8-1 defeat on Saturday at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, N.B.
Eight different goal scorers found the back of the net for the Titan, including former Eagle defenceman Adam McCormick, who was traded to the New Brunswick club in the offseason to complete a trade for current Eagle Shawn Element.
Along with McCormick, Cole Larkin, Mathieu Desgagnés, Riley Kidney, Cole Huckins, Yannic Bastarache, Félix-Antoine Marcotty, Bennett MacArthur also scored for the Titan (5-0-0-1).
Element had the lone goal for the Eagles (2-4-0-0) in front of 1,081 fans.
Newly signed Christian Sbaraglia made 26 saves for his first QMJHL victory. Rookie Nicolas Ruccia allowed six goals on 21 shots, before being replaced by William Grimmard, who stopped 11 of 13 shots. Ruccia was tagged with the loss.
The Titan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals by Larkin, Desgagnés and Kidney. The team continued to pour on the offense in the second, with goals from Huckins, Bastarache, Marcotty and MacArthur.
Cape Breton cut the lead to six before the end of the second period with Element’s third goal of the season. McCormick regained the seven-goal lead late in the third period with his first as a Titan at 18:01.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, Acadie-Bathurst used a three-goal third period to beat Cape Breton 6-4.
Former Eagle draft pick Ben Allison, son of former Cape Breton Oiler Scott Allison, scored the game-winning goal midway through the final stanza.
Cape Breton held a 3-0 lead in the first period but allowed the Titan back into the game in the second period. The Eagles took a 4-3 lead into the third period.
Desgagnés and Cape Breton West Islander graduate Logan Chisholm both scored twice, while Huckins also chipped in with a goal for the Titan.
Connor Trenholm, Félix Lafrance, Shawn Element and Liam Kidney netted goals for the Eagles.
Titan rookie Chad Arsenault continued his early season success, making 31 saves for his third win of the season. Meanwhile, Cape Breton’s Grimard stopped 32 of 38 shots.
Cape Breton will return to action next weekend when they host the Halifax Mooseheads. The teams will meet Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m., at Centre 200 in Sydney.