Tough set for Ea­gles

Face lead­ing Sea Dogs in Saint John for pair

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

SYD­NEY — The Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles will wrap up their four-game road stint this week­end against the team sit­ting on the moun­tain­top of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

Cape Bre­ton, win­ners of three of its last four games, hit the ice at Har­bour Sta­tion to chal­lenge the Cana­dian Hockey League’s No. 1-ranked Saint John Sea Dogs tonight at 7 p.m. They also play the Dogs Sun­day at 4 p.m.

The Ea­gles (31-19-2-3, 67 points) will look to re­bound af­ter drop­ping their last game against the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads by a 3-2 score last Satur­day at the Metro Cen­tre. It was the first time this sea­son the Herd up­ended the Ea­gles.

How­ever, Cape Bre­ton en­tered that game win­ners of three straight, af­ter they dropped the P.E.I. Rocket last Fri­day in Char­lot­te­town and posted back-to-back home vic­to­ries over a tough Vic­to­ri­av­ille Ti­gres team.

The Ea­gles sit in third place in the At­lantic Divi­sion, 10 points back of the sec­ond place Monc­ton Wild­cats (36-13-1-4) and two ahead of the P.E.I. Rocket (29-20-25).

But Cape Bre­ton will be in tough against the Sea Dogs (45-8-1-0, 91 points), win­ners of six straight. They’re also 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games.

Luke Adam con­tin­ues his tor­rid pace. He has 13 goals and two as­sists dur­ing an eight-game point streak. Vik­tor Hertzberg is also still flirt­ing with some Ea­gles’ rookie records, as his 19 goals have him tied for the sin­gle-sea­son rookie record with Martin Kasik (2001-02) and Vladimir Kubus (2004-05). He’s also four as­sists be­hind James Shep­pard (2004-05) as well for the rookie as­sist bench­mark of 31.

Saint John also has a num­ber of hot hands head­ing into tonight’s game. North Syd­ney na­tive Michael Kirk­patrick boasts a six-game streak of his own with six goals and five as­sists, but Mike Hoff­man has been lead­ing the way for the Dogs, with nine goals and 15 helpers for 24 points in his last 13 games.

The Ea­gles re­turn home Wed­nes­day when they host the Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes at 7 p.m. SYD­NEY — Rookie guard Cameron JohnProc­tor had some catch­ing up to do when he started play­ing with the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers men’s bas­ket­ball team back in the fall of 2009.

“I was work­ing, so I didn’t re­ally have time to work out,” said the 6-3 na­tive of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., who lost 25 pounds since the start of the 2009-10 At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport sea­son, bring­ing him down to 220 pounds. “It was kind of hard at the beginning.”

The Capers re­cruited John-Proc­tor out of high school, but he ended up at­tend­ing ju­nior col­lege in In­di­ana for a year af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school in 2005. Af­ter that, he took a cou­ple of years off from school to work.

But last spring, he de­cided to email an ap­pli­ca­tion to CBU.

John-Proc­tor had two words when asked why he de­cided to pur­sue a uni­ver­sity ca­reer with the CBU men af­ter years away from the sport: Phil Nkrumah.

“I played with him be­fore,” John-Proc­tor said of his fel­low Capers player. “That’s what my de­ci­sion was based on. There was a com­fort level.”

John-Proc­tor, who turned 23 in De­cem­ber and is in his sec­ond year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, is sixth in team scor­ing with an av­er­age of 7.8 points per game, fifth in team re­bounds with an av­er­age of 4.1 per game and fourth in team as­sists with an av­er­age of 2.9 per game.

“He’s quite mul­ti­di­men­sional as a player,” Capers head coach Jim Char­ters said of JohnProc­tor, who’s en­rolled in the bach­e­lor of arts com­mu­nity stud­ies pro­gram. “And he’s got a lot of com­pet­i­tive fire . . . some­times too much. But I think his com­pet­i­tive fire is what makes him a good player. He’s had some real big games for us. As he ma­tures as a player, hope­fully he’ll con­tinue to give us some of the pos­i­tive things he has.”

The Capers, who lead the league with a record of 14-1 for 40 points, will be looking for some pos­i­tive things from every­one when they host the Uni­ver­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land Pan­thers for a pair of games this week­end.

“We’re in the dog days right now, al­most in the mid­dle of the term,” said Char­ters. “It’s a mat­ter of try­ing to mo­ti­vate the team and get the play­ers to mo­ti­vate them­selves. We’re go­ing to strive for con­sis­tency from in­di­vid­u­als and from the group the rest of the way.”

The Capers faced the Pan­thers once al­ready this sea­son, Nov. 21, with the CBU men winning 105-85.

“They have one of the best post play­ers in the league in Manock Lual,” Char­ters said of the Pan­thers for­ward.

“He runs the court real well for his size and he’s a good re­bounder. So we have to key on him. And they’ve got some perime­ter shoot­ers who can hurt you if you don’t close them out. They’re maybe not as deep as we are. Hope­fully, we can try to wear them down over the course of the week­end.”

The matches at CBU’s Sul­li­van Field House are slated for Satur­day at 8 p.m. and Sun­day at 3 p.m.

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