The Cape Breton Eagles will start the second half of a season long road trip tonight as they head to Val-d’Or to take on the Foreurs. It’s the start of a three in four game stretch for the Eagles, coming off a three in three which finished with a 6-4 win in Drummondville on Sunday.
Tonight the Eagles will finally play a game in hand on Rimouski, who is idle tonight. The Eagles are two points behind by the Océanic and have played three less games. Cape Breton is fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-15-3 (13-9-2 on the road).
Val-d’Or is tied for fifth in the Western Conference with a record of 22-22-7 (15-7-3 at home). It’s the second (and final) of two meetings between the two teams. The Foreurs were victorious 2-1 in Sydney on October 10th.
The connection of Egor Sokolov and Mathias Laferrière played a big role in the victory in Drummondville, as Laferrière scored twice while Sokolov had a four point night. The penalty kill was also a big story, killing off two major penalties in the victory. After serving a five minute major for high sticking, Eagles captain Derek Gentile will miss tonight’s game serving a one game suspension.
Both teams will be missing a 20 year old forward tonight, as Val-d’Or’s Peyton Hoyt is still suffering from a shoulder injury. The former Eagles first round draft pick didn’t get to play his old team this season as he missed the game in Sydney due to a suspension.
The Foreurs do have 20 year old forward Nicolas Ouellet, who has led the team in scoring with 43 points in 40 games. Their second leading scorer is at the opposite end of the age spectrum, 16 year old Justin Robidas. Son of former NHLer Stéphane, the second overall pick in the 2019 QMJHL draft already has 35 points in 45 games. In addition to Robidas, the Foreurs have five first round picks combined from the 2017 & 2018 drafts- including blueliners Maxence Guenette (drafted by Ottawa) and Jérémie Biakabutuka.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 8:00 PM Atlantic time, and you can catch all the action beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 with Patrick McNeil on 1270 CJCB (or online at cjcbradio.com). Go Eagles Go!