Eagles, Islanders Ready For Wednesday Night “Double Header”
It will be St. Patrick’s Day like no other for the Cape Breton Eagles as for the first time in franchise history, the club is pre-scheduled to play more than 60 minutes of hockey Wednesday night, against the Charlottetown Islanders.
Last night’s game against the Islanders was suspended with 18:50 to play in the third period. The teams were originally scheduled to play games at 7 PM on each Tuesday & Wednesday, but instead of starting a new game tonight at 7 PM, the Eagles & Islanders will finish last night’s game at 7 PM, and then play game two of this two game set. There will be a 20 minute intermission between the two games.
Charlottetown is currently holding a 4-0 lead in the yet to be completed first game, with Cédric Desruisseaux leading the Isles attack with a pair of goals. Colten Ellis stopped all 14 shots on Tuesday’s portion of the game and if he can hold the Eagles off for the remaining 18:50, he will tie Philippe Cadorette’s record for most career shutouts (17).
However, he’ll be put to the test immediately as when Tuesday’s night game resumes, the Eagles will be on the power play as Oskar Plandowski will serve two minutes for holding. The Eagles power play was 0/5 on Tuesday night and allowed a short handed goal in the first period to Zachary Beauregard.
Charlottetown came into Tuesday’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 Eagles are trying to snap a five game losing streak. The Islanders have won eight of ten meetings between the two sides, including three of four in Charlottetown.
The second game of the “double header” will be a special one for Eagles captain Jarrett Baker, who made his return to the lineup last night for the first time since February 14th. It will be the veteran defensemen’s 275th career game in the QMJHL. The Eagles will have to use the same lineup for the second game with no additional affiliate players available- Kian Bell was called up for the Tuesday game and will play on Wednesday night as well.
The Eagles will have another opportunity to evaluate the new line combinations that were put to work on Tuesday. Coach Jake Grimes elected to move Connor Trenholm onto the line with Dawson Stairs and Félix Paré, while a new second line was formed of Liam Kidney, Jack Campbell and Émile Hegarty-Aubin. Stairs and Trenholm combined to take five of the Eagles 14 shots on Tuesday night.
All of Wednesday’s action, beginning with the conclusion of Tuesday night’s game, will be broadcast on Eastlink Television. You can also hear both games on 1270 AM CJCB or online at cjcbradio.com beginning with the pre-game(s) show at 6:30 with Patrick McNeil. Go Eagles Go!