The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will conclude their first major road trip of the season on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Drummondville Voltigeurs. It’s the first of two meetings between the two clubs. Just as the Eagles are getting their first taste of Quebec opposition this weekend, the Volts are beginning to measure themselves against Maritime teams. Both squads are coming off one goal victories- 3-2 in Shawinigan for Cape Breton, a 6-5 overtime home win over Moncton for Drummondville.
Drummondville is off to a hot start, 5-1, including have won all three games at the Centre Marcel Dionne. Three players with three different stories have paced the Volts attack to begin the season. 20 year old Yvan Mongo, acquired from Blainville-Boisbriand in the off-season, has nine points in five games, while Robert Lynch and Pavel Koltygin have each notched seven. The American Lynch, 19, came to Drummondville mid-way through last season as a free agent while the Russian Koltygin (18) was chosen in the import draft, and then by the NHL’s Nashville Predators in round six this past June.
There are a pair of faces more familiar to hockey fans in Nova Scotia in the Volts lineup. 17 year old defenseman Jarrett Baker played his bantam hockey in Cape Breton. And Screaming Eagles fans are well acquainted with Dominique Ducharme, the coach of Team Canada at the 2017 World Juniors- and coach of the Halifax Mooseheads for five years.
For Marc-André Dumont’s team the offense is running through Drake Batherson, who has scored in four consecutive games and has seven points through five contests. He’s received some help from first year Russian Egor Sokolov who has recorded five points over the season. Ryan Francis, still 15 years old, was placed on the top line with those two for the final half of the game in Shawinigan on Saturday night.
Cape Breton has won in two of their last four visits to Drummondville, and has won six of the last eight meetings between the two clubs in total. The ice surface at the Centre Marcel Dionne offers a different game, being ten feet shorter (at 190×85) than average NHL dimensions.
Today’s game goes at 4:00 PM Atlantic time, and you can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show at 3:30 on 1270 CJCB with Patrick McNeil. Go Eagles Go!