Two of the league’s top five teams over the last ten games face off tonight in Drummondville as the Screaming Eagles pay visit to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
It’s the second of a six game road swing for an Eagles team that opened the trip up with a 4-0 win victory over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last night. There will be no rest advantage for either side as Drummondville was also in action last night, in a 4-1 win in Victoriaville. It’s the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The February 6th matchup in Sydney was a back and forth encounter that saw the Voltigeurs win 3-2 in a shootout.
Saturday night will be the first time the Eagles have played in Drummondville since game 2 of last year’s first round playoff series, which was the second longest game in Cape Breton’s team history. Olivier Bourret, who scored in last night’s win in Blainvillle-Boisbriand, was the overtime hero in the sixth period in that game back in March.
Heading into tonight’s contest the Eagles are fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-16-5 (16-8-2 on the road).
Currently Cape Breton is six points behind Rimouski (the Eagles have a game in hand), and Rimouski visits league leading Rouyn-Noranda tonight. The Eagles are four points ahead of Moncton and Charlottetown, the latter of whom visits East leading Halifax tonight. The Eagles have a record of 7-1-2 in the last ten games.
Drummondville has been even a shade better in their last ten games at 8-1-1, unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games. The Volts are second in the Western Conference with a record of 42-10-2 (21-4-1 at home). Detroit Red Wings first rounder Joe Veleno has been helping lead the charge for the Volts, with a point in every game in February (ten points in six matches) and is now fourth in the league in scoring.
Mitchell Balmas has moved his way into the top 20 of QMJHL scoring for the Eagles, on the strength of 11 points in 7 games. Friday night saw him placed on a line with fellow Sydney native Derek Gentile, who himself has average a point a game through his last five contests.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 8 PM Atlantic time, and you can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 PM with Patrick McNeil on 1270 CJCB (or online at cjcbradio.com). Go Eagles Go!