Adam, Brodeur bring strong play into home set for Ea­gles

Cape Bre­ton hosts Acadie-Bathurst tonight, Satur­day at Cen­tre 200

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO tj­colello@cb­

SYD­NEY — The Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles are rid­ing a fourgame winning streak and two play­ers im­por­tant to that cur­rent string of vic­to­ries have been for­ward Luke Adam and de­fence­man Mathieu Brodeur.

And their per­for­mance hasn’t gone un­no­ticed.

Adam and Brodeur were named the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League’s of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive play­ers of the week re­spec­tively for the pe­riod from Feb. 15-21. Wed­nes­day, Adam was also named the Cana­dian Hockey League’s player of the week.

They take their solid play into a two-game set against the AcadieBathurst Ti­tan tonight and Satur­day at Cen­tre 200. Both games have a 7 p.m. start.

“Since I’ve been back from the world ju­niors, I feel like I’ve been play­ing re­ally well,” said Adam, rid­ing a 13-game point streak (18 goals, eight as­sists), the long­est ac­tive streak in the league. “I’m get­ting some lucky bounces for sure and that doesn’t hurt at all and I’m hop­ing to keep it go­ing here.

“We have eight games to get ready for the play­offs and our goal is to fo­cus and be able to com­pete in the play­offs and go all the way to the fi­nals and win. We have eight games left to get ready to do that and that’s the main fo­cus in the dress­ing room.”

Brodeur has been solid at his end of the ice as of late. Along with reg­is­ter­ing four points in three games to win last week’s ac­co­lade, he also boasted a plus/mi­nus rat­ing of +9.

“It’s a work in progress and I think just get­ting bet­ter, be­ing more phys­i­cal and hav­ing more ur­gency in my game,” said the Phoenix Coy­otes draft pick, about what he’s been work­ing on im­prov­ing this sea­son. “My first role is still de­fen­sive, but if I can help the team of­fen­sively, I’ll do it and that’s my role this year.”

Head coach Mario Durocher said he’s looking for his team to put in two, 60-minute ef­forts this week­end against the Ti­tan.

Along with pre­par­ing for the play­offs in their fi­nal eight games of the sea­son, Cape Bre­ton can also reach a mile­stone with a string of vic­to­ries. They’re five wins from record­ing their fifth-straight, 40-win sea­son.

“That’s what we have to bring to the ta­ble ev­ery night,” he said. “I think there’s only eight games left and if we want to be ready for the play­offs, I think it’s go­ing to be im­por­tant to go hard.

“ We’ve had some re­ally good ex­am­ples against Baie-Comeau, Chicoutimi and Hal­i­fax. Teams that are be­hind us in the stand­ings and we didn’t ap­ply the game plan. Some­times we looked like the Rus­sians (Wed­nes­day) night: indi- vid­ual, don’t fol­low the game plan. Some nights, we look like Team Canada: we go hard, fin­ish our checks and if we’re do­ing that, no­body will be able to beat us.

“I want Team Canada to show up.” NOTES: De­fence­man Mor­gan El­lis (up­per body) is listed as day-to-day. He likely won’t play this week­end, but Durocher said he should be back for Tues­day’s home game against the Monc­ton Wild­cats . . . Adam needs seven goals in the team’s last eight games to reach 50 on the sea­son.

T.J. Colello - Cape Bre­ton Post

Ea­gles for­ward Luke Adam has been play­ing well lately. Last week, he was named the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League’s of­fen­sive player of the week as well as the Cana­dian Hockey League’s player of the week.

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