Eagles In PEI For Two Game Set With Islanders
It’s game two of a three game set tonight as the Cape Breton Eagles visit the Charlottetown Islanders.
It was a tight battle on Saturday night between the two sides, with Charlottetown emerging with a 4-2 victory at Centre 200. The game was tied at one heading into the third period, and ultimately a pair of goals from islanders defenseman Lukas Cormier made the difference. Tonight is the first of a back to back set between the two sides on PEI.
Charlottetown comes into tonight’s game on a league high nine game winning streak, and are a top the league with a record of 24-4. (11-2 at home). Cape Breton is 15th in the league, sixth in the Maritime Division, with a record of 11-17-1 (6-7-0 on the road.). The Islanders have won eight of ten meetings between the two sides, including three of four in Charlottetown.
The Islanders got a boost to the lineup when Cormier’s regular defense partner Noah Laaouan returned to the lineup on Sunday in what was a memorable win in Halifax. Charlottetown was trailing 4-0 at the halfway mark of the contest and rallied for a 6-4 victory. While the top line came through three times, the Isles received some quality secondary scoring as Patrick Guay, Brendan McCarthy, and Drew Elliot all scored in the win.
For the Eagles Nathan Larose is continuing to drive the offense from the backend, with another two points on Saturday evening. (Larose also leads Eagles players against Charlottetown with ten points in nine games.) Larose & Logan Kelly-Murphy have logged significant ice time in the absences of Jérémy Langlois and captain Jarrett Baker.
The Eagles will get a big boost tonight with the expected return of Baker, who hasn’t played since February 14th. This season the overage blue liner has 24 points in 22 games. Additionally, the Eagles have called up forward Kian Bell for the two game set. Bell leads the Nova Scotia major under 18 league in points and has two points in five games in the QMJHL as an affiliate player. Langlois remains sidelined, as do forwards Mark Rumsey & Logan Camp.
Tonight’s game goes at 7 PM and will be broadcast on Eastlink Television. 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