After a week to practice the Cape Breton Eagles are back in action tonight as they visit the Charlottetown Islanders.
The Eagles were last in action six days ago in a 5-2 loss at home to Charlottetown. Since then, the Islanders have posted a pair of victories over the Halifax Mooseheads, rallying for a 4-3 overtime victory last night.
Heading into this evening’s matchup, Charlottetown holds the second best record in the league with a mark of 19-4, playing 10-2 at home. The Islanders are a staggering 16-0 when scoring the first goal and have the top record in the Maritime Division. The Eagles are ranked 14th in the QMJHL by percentage and fifth in the Maritimes, with a 10-12 record (5-5 on the road).
This season Charlottetown has won five of seven meetings between the two sides, including two of three at home, but the Eagles have won the only meeting on PEI in 2021. The Eagles are hoping another trend continues- since the club resumed play in January, every game involving the Eagles has been won by the visiting team.
Charlottetown continues to be led by the two-headed monster of Cédric Desruisseaux and Thomas Casey, who sit first and second in league scoring and are both on eight game point streaks. Casey has scored in 11 straight home games. The offense is coming from the backend as well with Lukas Cormier leading defensemen in the QMJHL in scoring, and his 101st career point last night was his second of the evening, and was the overtime winning goal.
For the Eagles, a week away from game action was an opportunity to practice but was not able to heal all of its wounds. While overage blue liner Nathan Larose made the trip to PEI, the Eagles are still without Jérémy Langlois as well as overage star Jarrett Baker who has joined the injured list. Up front, Logan Camp, Jacob Santerre, and Davis Cooper are not on the road this weekend.
A pair of affiliate players who reached milestones last weekend will return to the lineup as defenseman Michael McQuaid practiced in Cape Breton this week and forward Kian Bell has been recalled. Both players recorded their first QMJHL points last Friday in Halifax.
The Eagles have been getting consistent production up front from 18 year old Dawson Stairs who scored in his Eagles debut during the 5-4 win in Charlottetown and has at least a point in each game since as well. 20 year old Félix Paré has also found the back of the net the last two games.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM and it will be broadcast on Eastlink Television. The game will be streamed online, available for purchase at qmjhl.neulion.com/qmjhl. You can also hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show with Patrick McNeil at 6:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com