New king of the crease
Screaming Eagles host Mooseheads tonight
SYDNEY— Olivier Roy added to his legacy between the pipes for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Wednesday night, setting the club’s new franchise record for wins in a 5-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes.
The 88th win of his career is the new benchmark that includes the team’s time in Cape Breton, Granby, Verdun and Sorel. He bested the previous benchmark set by Claude Legris, who won 87 games with Sorel from 1972-76.
It’s a record Roy says he can look back on proudly once his junior career comes to a close.
“The team has had a lot of good goalies in Cape Breton,” said the Edmonton Oilers draft pick. “I don’t know much history about the team when they were in Quebec before, but I’m pretty sure they had some excellent goaltenders there, so it’s really an honour for me to be part of the history of all those teams.”
The 18-year-old from Causapscal, Que., entered the game the holder of other team records. Last year, he set the record for most wins in a season with 35. In December, he posted his 10th shutout of his career to pass Martin Houle for tops in that category. He currently sits with 12 career blankings and his five this season is one behind Houle to tie the single-season shutout record. Roy has also played 8,033 minutes as an Eagle, creeping up on MarcAndre Fleury’s record of 8,242.
Roy posted that record-breaking shutout in December over the Halifax Mooseheads, the team the Eagles will face in a home-andhome series starting tonight at Centre 200. Cape Breton will gun for its third straight victory starting at 7 p.m. The teams will collide again Sunday at the Metro Centre in Halifax at 4 p.m.
The Eagles have won five of six games this season against the Mooseheads, outscoring their opponents 24-10. But in their last meeting, Halifax upset Cape Breton by a 3-2 score at the Metro Centre, Feb. 6.
“After Christmas, they’ve been good,” said Roy, of the Herd. “Their record before Christmas wasn’t really good, but if you look at their record after Christmas, they’re one of the good teams now.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting game and we all know that when Cape Breton plays Halifax, it’s always a huge game and a huge rivalry. It’s going to be exciting (tonight) for us and hopefully, we’ll be able to continue on our way like we did the last three or four games.”
NOTES: Following Wednesday’s game, the Eagles listed Brad Cuzner (upper body), Kalin Paul (illness), Marc Bourgeois (lower body) and Jean-Sebastien Fournier (lower body) as day-to-day.