Eagles Host League Leading Armada In Afternoon Tilt
The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will face a stiff test as they look to extend a winning streak to four games on Sunday afternoon. The top team in the league, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada will be the opponent at Centre 200. The Armada are the only team that the Screaming Eagles have yet to play prior to today, but there are no shortage of familiar faces including former Cape Breton forward and world junior star Drake Batherson.
Blainville-Boisbriand holds the league’s best record of 38-9-5, and have already clinched a playoff spot. With a 17-6-2 record on the road, the Armada have a better winning percentage away from home than any other team in the league has in overall play. They haven’t lost in regulation in their last 14 games, dating back to January 7th.
Cape Breton is on a more modest winning streak, having won their last three games. Last night the Eagles opened a four game home stand with a 5-2 victory over the Moncton WIldcats. The long serving Cape Breton forwards were the story in the game, as Phélix Martineau, Jordan Ty Fournier, and Peyton Hoyt all recorded two point nights. The line of Shaun Miller, Isiah Campbell, and Mathias Laferrière continues to produce as the trio have all individually averaged over a point a game through their last five contests.
There is no shortage star power in the Armada lineup, beginning with Batherson and the league’s leading scorer, 20 year old Alex Barré-Boulet. Barré-Boulet is not only leading the QMJHL in key offensive categories, he’s running away with the race, with 47 goals and 99 points. Second place in both categories is fellow Armada forward Alexandre Alain, who has 36 goals and 70 points.
Batherson would likely be much closer in both categories if not for a hand injury and missing games due to the World Juniors. The draft pick of the Ottawa Senators emerged as a breakout star for the Screaming Eagles this year and today will mark his first, and likely only, appearance at Centre 200 as a visiting player. This season he has a staggering 61 points through 37 games.
The backend of the Armada features two more familiar faces to Eagles fans- Tobie Bisson and Alexis Sansfaçon. The overage Bisson will making his final appearance in Sydney barring a playoff matchup. He’s emerged as a key part of the Armada blueline, and leads the entire league in +/- with a +35. The 18 year old Sansfaçon is making his first visit to the Nest since being swapped for a third round pick in a trade on January 5th.
This afternoon’s game goes at 4 PM. Go Eagles Go!