Saturday, December 16, 2006

LIVE TONIGHT from the Halifax Metro Centre in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia

It's the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles against the Halifax Mooseheads in the first of a two-game set between the two teams to finish off the first half of the season for both clubs.

It's always a rivalry between these two hockey teams, and no matter where they are in the standings, it seems to be a close battle almost every time the two teams meet.

Cape Breton will have pretty much the same lineup as they had for the two games in St. John's, but will need goaltender David Davenport to really regain his form after four consecutive shaky starts in the Eagle cage.

The Eagles come into tonight's game with a record of 23-11-2, good for second place in the East Division; five points back of the division-leading Lewiston MAINEiacs. However, when these two teams meet, standings are almost an afterthought; the rivalry is such that Halifax-CB bragging rights for the night is what is really paramount in the minds of the fans.

The Halifax Mooseheads are in one of the worst tailspins of their 12+ year existence, but once again, such trends totally go out the window when these two teams meet. The Mooseheads are 2-6-2 in their last ten hockey games, and have been in a state of turmoil with players (Justin Saulnier, Kirk Forrest) quitting the club and general rumours of an unhappy dressing room. But they might pull their act together through a desire to score a win against their hated rivals.

That's about it for today, there should be at least a few contingents of Cape Bretoners in the stands tonight to cheer on their Eagles. I will be among them. Go Eagles go!

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