For the final time this season at Centre 200, the Screaming Eagles and Mooseheads will renew hostilities in the Battle of Nova Scotia.
Heading into Friday’s game both clubs are in a tie in their battle for playoff positioning. Cape Breton is in a three way fight for 7th place (tied with Chicoutimi and Victoriaville), with a record of 33-24-4. Halifax is tied with Val-d’Or for 12th, at 36-30-5. The Eagles have been strong at home at 17-9-4, while Halifax is 12-16-2 on the road.
Both Cape Breton and Halifax are teams that win with offence, as the Eagles possess the league’s lead goal scorer of Giovanni Fiore with 47 goals. Captain Olivier LeBlanc leads the attack on the blueline with 40 points in 51 contests. The Mooseheads are in the bottom half of the league, but they possess two of the QMJHL’s top ten point getters- Maxime Fortier (83 points in 61 games) and potential top three NHL draft pick Nico Hischier (81 points in 50 contests).
Friday’s meeting is the eighth of the season between the Screaming Eagles and the Mooseheads. Cape Breton has won 4 of 7 meetings, with each team needing extra time for one of their victories. The two sides have split four games at Centre 200, with Halifax winning the most recent contest in a shootout.
The Screaming Eagles will celebrate their history on Friday as the game will a special 20th anniversary celebration at Centre 200. It’s fitting that the contest is against Halifax, the Eagles oldest rival. Through 166 regular season meetings (including nine ties before the advent of the shootout), Cape Breton leads the lifetime series 80-77.
Puck drop is at 7:oo PM tonight.