After a week off the Cape Breton Eagles are back on home ice for a pivotal matchup with the Charlottetown Islanders tonight. The two clubs are tied for third place (along with Rimouski) in the Eastern Conference heading into Saturday’s contest.
The Eagles have played one less game than their opponents this evening, with a record of 12-5-1 (5-3-2 at home). Charlottetown is 11-5-3 (6-2-1 on the road). It’s the second meeting of the season, with the Eagles having edged the Islanders 3-2 in overtime at Centre 200 on October 16th.
For Charlottetown, scoring first has been important: the Islanders lead the league in scoring the first goal, having done so 15 times. However the Islanders are 0-4 when not scoring first.
Both teams had players suiting up for Team Russia at the CHL Canada/Russia series. (As well, Ryan Francis of Cape Breton played for Team QMJHL in the first game of the series.). Charlottetown’s Nikita Alexandrov (12 points in his last 10 games) and Cape Breton’s Egor Sokolov (15 points in his last 7 games) each played in both games, and Sokolov was able to keep his production going with a point in both games.
Charlottetown is dealing with an absence of players on the backend, as Lukas Cormier is out with a long term injury and Xavier Bernard did not play in Thursday’s loss against Drummondville. The club is also without Oscar Plandowski, who like Cape Breton’s Jérémy Langlois, is away at the World Under 17s.
On the flip side, the Eagles will hope for the return this weekend of star forward Mathias Laferriere. The 2018 draft pick of the St. Louis Blues collected 74 points in 68 games last season for the Eagles, but was injured in the first game of the 2019-20 campaign.
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!