The Screaming Eagles will host the Chicoutimi Saguenéens as the team concludes a four game home stand. It’s the lone visit of the season to Centre 200 for the Saguenéens. Prior to the game there will be a Remembrance Day ceremony to honour the men and women who have served for Canada.
The pre-game puck drop will be conducted by Cpl Stevens and Cpl Patrick. Both are the most returnees from an overseas tour of duty, having served in Latvia. Members of the Cape Breton Highlanders, Branch 12, Branch 128, and Branch 138 will participate in the pre-game ceremony.
Coming into this evening’s game the Screaming Eagles are in a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-9-1 (3-6 on home ice). Chicoutimi is currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-4-4 (4-3 on the road). The Sags are also on a three game winning streak, and are beginning their Maritime road trip tonight.
The Eagles will look to continue their success against the Sags at Centre 200, as Cape Breton has gone 4-0-1 in their last five regular season meetings at home against Chicoutimi. The Screaming Eagles will also hope for continued production from all lines as during Sunday’s win against Bathurst, the trio of Ian Smallwood/Olivier Bourret/Shaun Miller connected for two goals nine seconds apart in the opening period to set the tone.
Up front the big names have been consistently clicking for the Eagles also- Egor Sokolov has 12 points in his last seven games while Mathias Laferrière has 15 points in his last 11 outings.
Chicoutimi has received significant point contributions from players at different sides of the age spectrum. But currently the Sags are without their star 16 year olds, as the #1 pick in the 2018 QMJHL draft Hendrix Lapierre is out with an injury and seventh overall choice Théo Rochette is at the World Under 17s.
The Sags have three skaters with ties to NHL teams- defenseman Jérémy Groleau (Signed by New Jersey) and
forwards Samuel Houde (drafted by Montreal) and Vladislav Kotkov (signed by San Jose). Kotkov leads the team in points with 20 in 16 games.
There is also an NHL drafted in goal in the form of Zachary Bouthillier (Toronto), but he has been overshadowed in the crease by the remarkably consistent play of 18 year old keeper Alexis Shank. Shank was the QMJHL’s goalie of the month for October and has had a save percentage at or greater than 900 in every single game this season.
Tonight’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!