It’s the back end of a home and home set between fierce division rivals as the Screaming Eagles host the Charlottetown Islanders Friday night at Centre 200.
Cape Breton holds two victories in two games over Charlottetown this season, both by the same score, 4-2, with one win in each rink. The most recent win came on Wednesday at the Eastlink Centre. While Cape Breton’s power play leads the league, it was the Eagles’ penalty kill that stole the show in PEI, killing off eight Islander power plays including the first six minor penalties of the contest. Screaming Eagles captain Phélix Martineau led the attack for Cape Breton, scoring the first two goals of the game to bring his total to ten points in his last seven games.
In addition to the 14 power plays doled out in the first half of the home and home, Cape Breton’s Sacha Roy and Charlottetown’s Adam Marsh dropped the gloves. Declan Smith was also given a game suspension for a check to the head in the game and will miss tonight’s contest.
Charlottetown will try to build off a third period rally from the first leg of the home and home, where their rally from down 3-0 fell short. Keith Getson scored short handed in Wednesday’s game, the first short handed goal against Cape Breton all season. Getson has notched seven points in his last eight games, while fellow Isles forward Sullivan Sparkes has tallied six points in his last seven outings.
For the Screaming Eagles, offense from the blueline has been important all season although in a game dominated by special teams play, there were not a lot of opportunities to activate the defense into offensive roles. But the blueliners have compiled strong point totals as of late, as Ross MacDougall has notched 13 points over his last ten games while Adam McCormick recording six points in his last seven matches.
Prior to the game there will a special Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremonial puck drop will be conducted by Brigadier-General D.A. Macaulay, 5th Canadian Division Commander, who will be joined by Legion Presidents Ray Ryan of Branch 12, Tom Young of Ashby Branch 38 and Banita Corbet of Pier Branch 128. Members of the Cape Breton Highlanders, 35 Field Ambulance, 36 Service Battalion, 36 Signals Regiment, and 45 Field Engineers will also be represented in the pre-game ceremony.