Scream­ing Ea­gles re­turn to Cen­tre 200 af­ter long­est road trip of sea­son

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Af­ter mak­ing it through the long­est road trip of the sea­son, the Cape Breton Scream­ing Ea­gles re­turn to the friendly con­fines of Cen­tre 200 for backto-back games start­ing tonight.

The Scream­ing Ea­gles host the Sher­brooke Phoenix tonight and the Saint John Sea Dogs on Fri­day. Each game be­gins at 7 p.m.

Cape Breton played six games over nine nights in Que­bec. The trip be­gan on Feb. 10 against the Phoenix, and ended on Feb. 18 ver­sus the Rouyn-No­randa Huskies. The Scream­ing Ea­gles split the odyssey, win­ning their first three games be­fore drop­ping the fi­nal three.

For rookie for­ward Olivier Bour­ret, he recorded his first multi-point game on the trip — a goal and an as­sist — in his team’s 8-4 set­back to the Huskies.

“It was for sure tir­ing for the guys, also men­tally,” said the 17-year-old, who has seven goals and five as­sists in 42 games this sea­son. “But we still need to find a way to bat­tle through all the time and I think we did al­right. We need to bat­tle through the fa­tigue for all the games. We don’t have a choice.”

Cape Breton is in eighth place in the stand­ings with a 32-222-2 record. Their travel sched­ule will be a bit eas­ier down the stretch, with seven of their fi­nal 10 games on home ice.

They’ll face a Phoenix club tonight they bested 4-1 to be­gin their tour of la belle prov­ince. Sher­brooke is 16th over­all with a 22-31-1-3 mark.

Fri­day, the Scream­ing Ea­gles lock horns with the league-lead­ing Sea Dogs (39-13-4-1). The visi­tors have won four of the six meet­ings be­tween the Mar­itime Divi­sion ri­vals.

Saint John is the team Bour­ret scored his first Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League goal against in a 3-2 loss on Sept. 30 at Har­bour Sta­tion.

“We need to put in a team ef­fort. All the guys need to bring some­thing and just work in the struc­ture and fol­low the game plan,” said Bour­ret. “Even if the team is good, you just have to work harder all the time.”

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