The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will take to their home ice for the first time in the year 2019 as they host the Charlottetown Islanders tonight.
This game will be the backend of a home and home series- for one of the two teams. The Screaming Eagles were most recently in action on Saturday night in a 3-1 defeat in Charlottetown. The Islanders have played since then, topping the Moncton Wildcats 5-2 the following day.
Goaltender Matthew Welsh was the story in Saturday’s win for Charlottetown, as he stopped 37 shots in the victory and was the first star. (For an encore, he was the first star in the victory over Moncton as well.) Since the beginning of December, Welsh has a record of 7-2 with a save percentage of 934. Jordan Maher & Daniel Hardie each contributed two points in the Islanders win over the Eagles on the weekend.
Heading into tonight the Screaming Eagles are tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference (with Rimouski), holding a record of 23-14-3 (10-7-1 at home). Charlottetown is four points ahead of the Screaming Eagles in the standings, tied for third in the Eastern Conference (with Moncton) at 25-10-3 (9-7-1) on the road. This season Charlottetown has won three of four meetings (one in overtime), but the Eagles were victorious during the only meeting at Centre 200: a 3-1 victory for the Eagles on September 29th.
The two sides made a deal over the holidays, and just as Saturday marked the return to Charlottetown for Cape Breton’s Derek Gentile, tonight’s game will be the return to Cape Breton for Charlottetown defenseman Noah Laaouan. Moving out Laaoun was one of a number of moves made on the Screaming Eagles blueline, including a swap that landed Shawinigan captain Roddie Sandilands. The 19 year old blueliner is expected to make his Cape Breton debut tonight, having recorded nine points in 38 games with the Cataractes.
This evening’s game goes at 7 PM. Tickets 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!