Islanders and Sea Dogs Wrap up Rivalry Week Tonight at Harbour Station
Just 24 hours after a high scoring affair at the Eastlink Centre, the Charlottetown Islanders and Saint John Sea Dogs will do it all over again tonight, this time in Saint John at Harbour Station as QMJHL Rivalry Week wages on for one more night.
The Islanders took the first two points of the series from the Sea Dogs, but not without a little bit of drama; the Sea Dogs scored four unanswered goals late in the third period to force overtime, but Brett Budgell won the game for the Isles in the extra frame to keep them atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Kevin Gursoy put up a career night, recording six points in the win. He joins Daniel Sprong and Francois Beauchemin as the only players in Islanders history to record six or more points in a game. Brett Budgell also recorded four points while Lukas Cormier had a goal and two assists. On the flip side, Jeremie Poirier recorded four points for the Sea Dogs while Josh Lawrence also had two goals and an assist.
This will be the sixth game in nine nights for the Islanders, who are in the midst of one of their busiest stretches of the season. It's something the team has been preparing for accordingly.
"Obviously we're a tired group, we've been playing a lot lately," said Gursoy following last night's victory. "We have to recover quickly; we have to cool down good, stretch good, and get ready for [tonight]. Hopefully we have a good bus ride, get a good warmup, and get it going."
"We haven't had a lot of practice lately, and it's starting to show," said head coach Jim Hulton regarding last night's game. "We've weathered this stretch pretty good, we'll see what [tonight] brings, and we'll get right back to teaching."
In goal, the starters will take their turns as Matthew Welsh and Zachary Bouthillier are projected to take the crease for their respective teams. While Welsh has been the toast of the QMJHL thus far with regards to goals against average and save percentage, Bouthillier has had his fair share of action, facing on average 35 shots per game over his 8 games between the pipes, the highest of any regular starter in the league.
On the injury front, Brendon Clavelle will remain out with an undisclosed injury. He'll be re-evaluated at the beginning of the week to determine his availability for the team's first Quebec road trip of the season.
All of tomorrow's action can be heard across the airwaves on Ocean 100's Saturday Night Hockey! George Matthews and Cory Arsenault will have the call as always!
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