The Cape Breton Eagles will finish off a two game road trip this afternoon as they visit the Halifax Mooseheads.
Perhaps both teams will be happy to be playing each other, as they are each coming in on short losing streaks at the hands of Charlottetown. Since the Eagles topped Halifax 4-1 nine days ago at the Scotiabank Centre, the Mooseheads lost three straight to the Islanders while the Eagles fell in a home and home set against Charlottetown.
This is the ninth meeting of the season between the Eagles and Mooseheads, and each team holds four victories. The Eagles are a perfect 3-0 in Halifax, including an overtime victory on opening weekend in October.
Coming into today the Eagles hold the 14th best win percentage in the QMJHL, and fifth best in the Maritimes with a 10-13-0 record (5-6-0 on the road). Halifax is at the bottom of the Maritime Division (15th in the QMJHL) with a record of 8-12-6 (3-6-3)
The rough and tumble nature of the Maritime Division has taken its toll on the injury front of both Nova Scotian teams. The Eagles dressed just 16 skaters last night, including affiliate players Michael McQuaid and Kian Bell. (Forwards Davis Cooper, Logan Camp, Jacob Santerre and Connor Trenholm along with defenseman Jarrett Baker and Jérémy Langlois were absent from last night’s game.).
On the other side of the puck, Halifax is likely without a trio of blueiners- Brendan Tomilson, Keegan Hunt, and Alex Tessier, while Cameron Whynot is expected to return after missing Friday’s game in Charlottetown. Up front Senna Peeters may play in Sydney against the Eagles later this week but isn’t expected to play today.
The Mooseheads did receive some good news on Friday as star forward Elliot Desnoyers notched an assist, breaking a six game scoring drought. Prior to the slump the Philadelphia Flyers draft choice collected 26 points in 17 games. Halifax thrives on playing an offensive style of hockey- the Mooseheads don’t have a single victory in games where they score less than five goals.
For the Eagles, Dawson Stairs continues to lead the Eagles offense since his arrival in Cape Breton- notching a point in each game for the club, with a goal in last night’s loss in Charlottetown. Émile
Hegarty-Aubin is on an impressive run as late also, averaging a point a game through his last seven outings.
Today’s game goes at 4 PM. The game will be broadcast on Eastlink Television and will also 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