Rivals from opposing islands lock horns for the final time as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles host the Charlottetown Islanders this evening. It’s the ninth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs and it also marks the end of a three game home stand for the Screaming Eagles.
Saturday’s game is the backend of a weekend double header at Centre 200 between the two clubs. Last night the Eagles struck first, winning 4-3 in overtime. Charlottetown rallied from down 2-0 and 3-1 to force the extra session, but Peyton Hoyt found the game clincher, his second of the evening and 17th of the season.
Thus far the Eagles have won both games on the home stand, and sit twelfth in the league standings with a record of 30-27-7 and 16-10-5 at home. After last night’s victory Cape Breton can finish no lower than 14th, and with a point tonight can clinch at least 13th place, and will clinch at least 12th spot with a win and a Baie-Comeau loss.
Charlottetown is in ninth place and will need at least a point to keep their fading hopes of home ice advantage alive. This season
Charlottetown is 34-23-7, with a record of 16-13-3 away from home. Centre 200 hasn’t been overly kind to the Islanders- the Eagles have won three of four meetings in Sydney, and five of eight in total between the two sides.
Pascal Aquin scored the goal that sent last night’s game to overtime, and this season the forward has 5 goals in 7 games against the Screaming Eagles. Keith Getson has also helped lead Charlottetown’s offense against Cape Breton, averaging a point a game.
For the Eagles, captain Phélix Martineau has been prolific against the Islanders with 20 points in 17 contests against the Islanders in the last two seasons. Declan Smith has enjoyed playing Charlottetown this year, with four goals through six games.
Tonight’s game is Fan’s Choice Voting night at Centre 200, as fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite Screaming Eagle player. The winner of the vote will be announced at the annual team awards banquet on Monday night.
This evening’s contest goes at 7 PM. Go Eagles Go!