A three games in three days stretch comes to an end today for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as they visit the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Coming into today’s game the Eagles are fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-17-5 (16-9-1 on the road). The Eagles are two points ahead of Moncton and will play their game in hand on the Wildcats tonight. Rimouski, who has played one more game than Cape Breton, are in third place and are six points up on the Eagles for third place.
Sherbrooke is 32-21-2, good for third in the Western Conference (19-9-1 at home). The Phoenix are somewhat in limbo, 16 points ahead of fourth place Victoriaville and 22 points behind second place Drummondville. But it hasn’t hurt the Phoenix who have won eight or their last 11 games.
One of Sherbrooke’s three losses in that stretch was a 5-1 defeat at Centre 200 on January 30th. In a statistical anomaly, the Eagles and Phoenix have the same record when scoring first this year, 22-5-1, but the Eagles have a better record when allowing the first goal of the contest.
Since that game in Sydney, the Phoenix have named 17 year old forward Samuel Poulin team captain. This year he has 57 points in 54 games and was ranked 27th in the NHL Central Scouting rankings of North American skaters for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. On the backend overage blue liner Ryan DaSilva is in the top ten in scoring with 39 points in 55 games. (Cape Breton’s Leon Gawanke is ranked seventh with 43 points in 49 games.)
Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 4:00 PM Atlantic, and you can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show at 3:30 with Patrick McNeil on 1270 CJCB (or online at cjcbradio.com). Go Eagles Go!