New king of the crease

Scream­ing Ea­gles host Moose­heads tonight

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO CAPE BRE­TON POST tj­colello@cb­post.com

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.

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