Adam, Brodeur bring strong play into home set for Eagles
Cape Breton hosts Acadie-Bathurst tonight, Saturday at Centre 200
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.
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.