The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles continue their six game road trip with a visit to the Videotron Centre in Québec City tonight. Heading into Tuesday’s contest, the Eagles are tied for sixth in the QMJHL (with Chicoutimi, who does not play tonight) with a record of 31-19-4. Québec sits in tenth, with a 27-22-5 this season. It’s the second and final time the two clubs will play this regular season. On January 28th, Cape Breton blanked Québec 4-0 in Kyle Jessiman’s first career shutout.
After winning the opening two games of the trip, Cape Breton hopes to further build upon success on the road as the Eagles are 10-1 in their last 11 contests away from Centre 200 and 15-12 on the road overall. The Remparts have actually had more success away than at home, where they hold a 13-13-1 record.
Tuesday’s game could be an emotional one for overage Eagles forward Massimo Carozza as he makes his first, and likely only appearance as a visiting player in the city he called home for three and a half years. Carozza was traded to Cape Breton from the Remparts during the 2015-16 trading period, after the Eagles had already visited Québec that season. The game could mark a return for recently acquired Cape Breton defenseman Ross MacDougall, who missed Sunday’s game against Victoriaville due to illness.
Giovanni Fiore continues to star up front for the Eagles, with 29 points in his last 16 games and a league leading 41 goals this season. Phélix Martineau has been tremendous at both sides of the ice for Cape Breton as of late with six goals in his last eight games. For the Remparts, overage forward Mathieu Ayotte has seven points in his last five games, while Sydney native Derek Gentile has four goals in his last four games including a pair in Québec’s three goal comeback Saturday night in Victoriaville.
Tonight’s game will begin at 8 PM Atlantic time, and you can catch all the action on 1270 CJCB AM starting with the pre-game show at 7:30 with Patrick McNeil. It’s expected be a raucous atmosphere, as hundreds of pewee hockey players at the famed Québec international peewee tournament.