Charlottetown Returns to Action with Home-And-Home against Bathurst
It's been a long week of practice, but the Charlottetown Islanders are ready for action once again.
The Islanders kick off what will be an important home-at-home series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tonight in Bathurst as the regular season winds down and the Eastern Conference standings heat up.
"These are an important four point for us for the rankings with Saint John coming up." said rookie forward Justin Gill.
The Islanders (27-25-5-0) had a rough go of it in Quebec last weekend, dropping three straight games as the offense appeared to dry up even more, scoring just five goals over the weekend. That stretch has allowed the Saint John Sea Dogs to chip away at the cushion between the two teams in the standings. The Sea Dogs are now just five points behind the Islanders for fifth in the conference.
Charlottetown may be searching for goals, but not all players have been struggling. Lukas Cormier picked up four assists on the weekend, giving him five points in his past five games. The offensive-minded defenseman is still searching for goals after scoring 15 as a rookie; Cormier has just four goals this season, with his last one coming on January 4th. With a shooting percentage of just 3.5% this season, expect Cormier to break out soon; he's fired at least three shots on goal in four of his past five games, including seven against Drummondville last Saturday.
One player to keep an eye on is goaltender Matthew Welsh. The veteran is closing in on a major QMJHL record; following the completion of his next three starts, Welsh will set the record for most minutes played by a goaltender in league history. He'll pass former PEI Rocket goaltender Ryan Mior to set the new record.
Meanwhile, a young Titan squad has seen a maturation in their game as of late. Bathurst (11-38-3-4) is coming off a huge 4-2 victory over the Cape Breton Eagles on Wednesday night, their second win in four games. Unlike Charlottetown, the Titan's offense is coming alive, having scored four or more goals in five of their last six games.
One player who has been consistently finding the net over that stretch is Mathieu Desgagnes. The diminutive forward had a slow start to the season but is making up for lost time now, having scored six goals in his past six games. February has been kind to Desgagnes, amassing 11 points this month.
Don't forget that all of the action can be heard across the airwaves tonight on Ocean 100's Saturday Night Hockey. George Matthews and Cory Arsenault will have the call starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm, make sure you tune in!
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