The Cape Breton Eagles will look for revenge today as they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the KC Irving Centre.
Last night saw the Eagles storm to a 3-0 lead only to fall 6-4 in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. It’s been quite the start for the Titan, as they lead the Maritime Division with a 4-0-1 record (including a 3-0 mark at home). The Eagles are 2-3 heading into this afternoon’s contest with a 1-1 mark on the road.
It was a pair of two goal performances that helped paced the Titan to victory in the opening game of the two game set. Former Cape Breton West Islander Logan Chisholm and Bathurst captain and overager Mathieu Desgagnés each turned the light red twice last night. Another 20 year old, Félix-Antoine Marcotty collected three assists in the victory.
Today is expected to be the QMJHL debut of 19 year old goaltender Christian Sbaraglia for Bathurst, who was signed as a free agent out of the OHL. Last year he produced a goals against average of 5.19 and a save percentage of .877 with 24 games playing for Niagra.
Ahead of today’s game both teams will hope for more for the power play. This season Bathurst’s man advantage is last in the QMJHL at 7.7% and was 0 for 4 last night. The Eagles will just hope to see more power play time today, only drawing one man advantage last night and allowing a short handed goal in the process.
It was the top two lines carrying the load up for the Eagles last night. Émile Hegarty-Aubin is coming off back to back multiple point games, while Liam Kidney has scored four times in five games this season. Along with Kidney, captain Shawn Element and defenseman Jarrett Baker are the three Eagles to have points in all five games this season- Element with ten thus far and Baker with seven.
Puck drop today is at 4 PM. 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 3:30 PM on 1270 AM CJCB or online at www.cjcbradio.com