Screaming Eagles Play Host To Wildcats For CBU Night At The Nest
Long time rivals lock up on Saturday night in Sydney in a game with big implications in the QMJHL standings. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Moncton Wildcats are currently locked in a three way tie for 11th place (along with Sherbrooke), although the Screaming Eagles have two games in hand on the Wildcats.
Strangely enough, between two teams that have the same amount of points, there has been a lack of close games between the two sides. With the exception of Cape Breton’s 4-3 victory in Moncton on December 1st, every meeting this season has been decided by at least three goals, including three games decided by a five goal margin. Thus far the Eagles have won four of six games, including both at home. This is the second time Cape Breton and Moncton will play since the conclusion of the trade period, and the first time in Sydney.
That means there are a number of different faces in Moncton uniforms to fans at Centre 200, including former Screaming Eagles forward Justin Lazure who will play his first game as a visitor since being claimed on waivers by the Wildcats. A pair of new Cats are on substantial point streaks as both 17 year old import Alex Khavanov and overage forward James Phelan have hit the scoresheet in seven straight games.
One Wildcats newcomer fans will not see is 19 year old defenseman Gabriel Sylvestre, who will miss the game due to a suspension. Fellow veteran blueliner, Nicolas Welsh, has contributed substantially with 15 points in his last ten outings. Welsh was named captain of the Cats at the beginning of the season.
For the Screaming Eagles, the team is back on home ice to begin a four game home stand after a 4-0 victory in Saint John. The Eagles are currently on a two game winning streak. Cape Breton has received offensive production from the tandem of Mathias Laferrière and Isiah Campbell who are rekindling chemistry from their midget days at Lac St-Louis. In the last five games, Laferrière has notched eight points and Campbell has collected six.
Heading into tonight’s game Cape Breton holds a record of 24-22-6, with a home record of 12-9-4. Moncton this season is 23-23-8 and they are 8-15-3 on the road.
Saturday’s night contest is CBU Night at the Nest as all Cape Breton University alumni have been invited to attend the game. A pre-game party will be held for CBU alumni at the MacDonald Room downstairs from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Former Screaming Eagles forward Drake Batherson will be in attendance at Saturday’s game, and will be signing autographs during the first intermission of the game. His Armada team will visit the Screaming Eagles tomorrow.
Tonight’s game against Moncton goes at 7 PM. Go Eagles Go!