The first half of the 2006-2007 QMJHL season is in the books, and following a weekend split in Halifax against the Mooseheads, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles go into the holiday break in second place overall in the entire league with a 24-12-2 record, good for 50 points.
On Saturday night, Cape Breton played a virtually flawless game en route to an unbelievably easy 4-0 win. Their Halifax opponent looked totally disinterested in playing the game, and put up absolutely no fight whatsoever. Had it not been for the brilliant play of Moosehead goaltender Jeremy Duchesne, the score would have been somewhere around 8-0 for the Eagles. David Davenport picked up the shutout in goal, making some nice saves along the way, which was nice to see after he had struggled for four starts in a row.
Sunday afternoon, Cape Breton played a pretty good first period, but seemed to totally fall asleep once they fell behind in period two, and were handed a very unnecessary loss as a result. Perhaps the guys got a bit overconfident after the extremely easy win the night before; it would have been hard not to. Whatever the reason, the Cape Breton players mostly looked like they were more interested in going home for the holidays than they were in coming back and winning the hockey game. The end result was an uninspiring 4-1 loss to a Mooseheads team rejeuvenated mostly by an emergency team meeting held after their putrid Saturday night performance.
Neither game deserves any further discussion than the brief paragraphs written above, so no further discussion will occur. Cape Breton and Halifax are now tied at 3-3 in the season series. The Mooseheads are a far inferior team to the Eagles this season and in my opinion there is no way that we should only have a split of the season series with them so far. As well, there has been a grand total of one fight in the six meetings between the two "rivals".
Although the team is entering a Christmas vacation, we at Inside The Nest will continue to update you the fan on what's happening around the league throughout the holidays. Today is the opening of the annual midseason trading period, so even though there won't be any hockey games until after Boxing Day, there should be lots of league news to discuss.