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