Both of the province’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams are on the ice.
St. Andrews’ Declan Smith and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles play their second home game in as many nights when they host Beaver Meadow’s Ryan MacLellan and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Centre 200 in Sydney at 7 p.m.
The Screaming Eagles (14-11-2), winners of four of the last five after Wednesday night’s 6-2 win against Saint John, are ninth in the 18-team league with 30 points, two points behind Rimouski and Sherbrooke, the two teams tied for seventh, and two points ahead of 10th-place Chicoutimi; the Huskies (22-4-0) are in top spot with 44 points.
It’s the first game of the season between the teams; it’s also MacLellan’s first game against the team with whom he spent parts of the previous two seasons.
The Halifax Mooseheads visit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at 8 p.m.
The Mooseheads (17-6-1), who have lost back-to-back games, are tied with Charlottetown for fifth with 35 points, two points behind Drummondville for fourth, and three points ahead of Rimouski and Sherbrooke, the two teams tied for seventh; they’re ranked ninth in the country.
The Armada (12-12-1) are tied for 12th with 25 points.
It’s the first game of the season between the teams.
Halifax is on a three-game road trip through Quebec; they visit Shawinigan Friday, and River Deny’s Colten Ellis and Rimouski Sunday.