Hertz so good

Vik­tor Hertzberg on verge of break­ing rookie records

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SYD­NEY — Vik­tor Hertzberg is tak­ing aim at a num­ber of team rookie records as the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles make stops in both Char­lot­te­town and Hal­i­fax to be­gin four con­sec­u­tive games on the road.

The 18-year-old na­tive of Värn­land, Swe­den, has 19 goals and 26 as­sists in 53 games this sea­son. His 45 points is tied for the sin­gle-sea­son rookie scor­ing record set by James Shep­pard dur­ing the 2004-05 cam­paign.

His 19 tal­lies is also tied for the sin­gle­sea­son rookie record for goals with a pair of fel­low im­ports, Martin Kasik (2001-02) and Vladimir Kubus (2004-05). He’s five as­sists be­hind Shep­pard as well for the rookie as­sist bench­mark of 31.

Hertzberg will have the op­por­tu­nity to etch his name into the fran­chise’s record books start­ing tonight, when the Ea­gles face the P.E.I. Rocket in a piv­otal, At­lantic Divi­sion con­test. The puck drops at the Char­lot­te­town Civic Cen­tre at 7 p.m.

Cape Bre­ton (30-18-2-3, 65 points) sits a sin­gle point ahead of the Rocket (29-19-24) for third in the divi­sion, with the Ea­gles hold­ing a game in hand. They’ll look to add some much-needed breath­ing space with a win tonight. Cape Bre­ton’s record against P.E.I. this sea­son is 2-2-0-1.

The Ea­gles are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games and are looking to build off a pair of home wins last week­end over the high­lytouted Vic­to­ri­av­ille Ti­gres.

Luke Adam and Hertzberg each have six-game point streaks head­ing into tonight’s game, with Adam scor­ing 10 goals and adding an as­sist and Hertzberg scor­ing three times and chip­ping in five helpers. Newly-ac­quired for­ward Maxime Le­gault (one goal, three as­sists) also has a four-game point streak on the line tonight.

Fol­low­ing tonight’s con­test, the Ea­gles head to the Metro Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax to chal­lenge the Moose­heads Satur­day at 7 p.m., where Cape Bre­ton will look to con­tinue their dom­i­nance over their pro­vin­cial ri­vals this sea­son. They’re 5-0-0-0 against the Herd and have outscored them 22-7.

The Ea­gles con­tinue their road stint against the At­lantic Divi­sion-lead­ing Saint John Sea Dogs next week for a pair of games at Har­bour Sta­tion Fri­day and Sun­day. They re­turn home Feb. 17 to play the Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes. NOTES: Nick MacNeil en­ters tonight’s game with 92 ca­reer goals as a mem­ber of the Ea­gles, which is tied for third on the all­time list with Do­minic Noel. COLUM­BUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Ma­son had 22 saves and R.J. Um­berger scored an emp­tynet­ter while slid­ing on his gut as the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat the Dal­las Stars 2-1 on Thurs­day night in Claude Noel’s coach­ing de­but.

With the Blue Jack­ets lead­ing 1-0 on An­ton Stral­man’s first-pe­riod goal, Um­berger wedged be­tween two Dal­las play­ers and then fell to the ice, slid­ing on his stom­ach while cor­ralling the puck and scor­ing into the empty net.

That goal loomed large when Steve Ott scored by chop­ping a waist-high puck into the net with 43 sec­onds left. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored a goal in his fifth con­sec­u­tive game, Steven Stamkos had two goals and an as­sist and the Tampa Bay Light­ning beat the New York Is­lan­ders 5-2 on Thurs­day night.

Vin­cent Le­cav­a­lier and Alex Tan­guay also scored for the Light­ning, who have won six of nine.

New York got goals from Matt Moul­son and Jon Sim. The Is­lan­ders have lost six in a row. OTTAWA (CP)— Mi­lan Michalek had a goal and an as­sist and Ja­son Spezza ex­tended his team-record goal-scor­ing streak to eight games as the Ottawa Se­na­tors won their 11th straight on Thurs­day, de­feat­ing the Van­cou­ver Canucks 3-1.

Brian El­liott stopped 29 shots be­fore a crowd of 18,803 at Sco­tia­bank Place to break his own team mark with his ninth win in a row. His team­mates gave him some of­fen­sive sup­port early on when Michalek beat sur­prise Canucks starter An­drew Ray­croft on the power play just 94 sec­onds in.

Michalek then picked up an as­sist on Spezza’s goal, while Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal late and Daniel Al­freds­son recorded three as­sists for the Se­na­tors.

Kyle Well­wood scored a late power-play goal for the Canucks (34-20-2).

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