The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will take a brief intermission from their home stand tonight as they head to the Moncton Coliseum.
In the midst of a stretch where they play six of seven games away from Centre 200, the Screaming Eagles visit the Wildcats tonight and both teams are coming into the game with a different type of heartache. Cape Breton will look to shake off a tough loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday night, in which the Huskies scored the winning goal with just two seconds left. Moncton is trying to stop a stretch that has seen the team secure just one point in their last five games. After falling in a shootout to Charlottetown on November 18th, the Wildcats met the Screaming Eagles the following day and began a four game streak of losing games in regulation.
With the win on November 19th, the Eagles picked up the first win for the road team in the season series between the two clubs, as prior to that each team had won on their home ice against the other. Tonight’s game is key for positioning in the Maritime Division standings as Cape Breton sits a single point behind Moncton. Moncton is currently 10th in the QMJHL, with a 13-11-3 record (10-3-1 at home.) Cape Breton is tied for 11th, at 13-12-2 (6-7-1 on the road).
Most worrying for the Wildcats was perhaps their 2-1 loss last game, to the last place team in the Maritime Division, the Saint John Sea Dogs The defeat came after a much publicized practice that Wildcats head coach Darren Rumble ordered immediately after a 5-1 loss at home to Bathurst.
While the Wildcats have only scored twice in their last two games, the club has received quality offense this season from young and emerging players. Rookie Jakob Pelletier, the third overall pick in this June’s draft, has 25 points over 20 games. Two 18 year old players have taken big steps forward- Mika Cyr has 29 points in 27 games while Jeremy McKenna has 30 points in 27 games, which is good for ninth in the league scoring race. The Cats are also hoping a third 18 year old, Adam Capannelli, who after an injury made his season debut in the Bathurst game, can add to the offense.
Another 18 year old, Cape Breton’s Peyton Hoyt, has impressed in recent outings. Hoyt is averaging a point a game over his last six contests and Wednesday night saw him record the first two goal game of his QMJHL career. First rounder Brooklyn Kalmikov has elevated his play also, with 11 points over his last eight games, and his ten goals rank him second in the QMJHL among 16 year olds.
Tonight’s game goes at 7 PM, and you can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30 on 1270 CJCB (or www.cjcbradio.com) with Patrick McNeil. Go Eagles Go!