The Screaming Eagles will look for a better in result in take two of a two game set with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan this afternoon. The two teams squared off last night at Centre 200 with the Titan emerging with a 3-2 victory despite being outshot 55-12.
Two themes emerged throughout the night: Bathurst’s penalty kill, and the play of Bathurst netminder Mark Grametbauer. The Eagles wired 55 shots on goal but the Titan goaltender turned aside all but two. The Eagles had eight power plays, including a 90 second 5 on 3, but couldn’t light the red lamp on the man advantage.
Today’s game marks the third of a four game home stand for the Screaming Eagles. The Eagles haven’t been as strong at home as on the road this season, with a record of 2-6 at Centre 200 (8-9-1 overall). Cape Breton is currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Bathurst has also played better on the road, with a 3-3 record (4-12-1 overall) which places them 9th in the conference. The two teams have each won in the other’s rink this season, as the Eagles routed Bathurst on opening weekend 9-3.
Cape Breton will hope to get some goals from the big guns that were held off the scoresheet in Saturday’s loss. Mathias Laferrière, who did record an assist last night, has 13 points in his last 10 games. Egor Sokolov was held pointless for the first the time in five games after five goalsin that stretch. Mitchell Balmas, who had 11 shots on goal on Saturday, left the game late in the third period with an injury.
Puck drops goes at 4 PM for today’s game. Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased at the Centre 200 box office, by phone at 902-564-2200 or online at https://tickets.capebreton.ca/Online/default.asp Go Eagles Go!