Charlottetown Islanders

Islanders Host Titan in Islander Day Matinee

February 19, 2024 - Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
Charlottetown Islanders News Release

The Charlottetown Islanders host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan as they come to town for an Islander Day Matinee affair Monday afternoon at the Eastlink Centre.

The Islanders are coming off of a 4-2 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Saturday night, bringing their home win streak to two games.

The season series between these two clubs has been heated so far with Bathurst leading 4-2.

Head coach Jim Hulton knows what has to be done.

"It's similar to what we talked about with Blainville, it's a rush based team. We have to make sure it doesn't turn into a track meet. We control the puck with our forecheck and be efficient with moving the puck out of our own zone and be disciplined," he said. "For us, it's a playoff game. It's a four-point game. We know if we want any hope of getting past this group in Bathurst we have to beat them any time we play them."

James Swan is coming off of a solid performance, beating the Armada, his former team. He had multiple notable chances while adding an assist on the game opening goal scored by Ondrej Maruna. If that was any shade of how Swan will play in upcoming games, expect his point production to rise.

Veteran forward Cole Huckins has been held pointless since the start of February despite his consistent play on the ice. He has been dependable on the forecheck and has been getting high chance shots frequently. It's only a matter of time before he breaks out of this slump.

Despite only having one point in 14 games since joining the Islanders, Max Jardine has been a very steady defensive, physical asset on the blueline. Jardine has been shooting the puck consistently and is getting hungrier and hungrier for his first goal in the Q.

Leading scorers

Michael Horth 25-15-40

Giovanni Morneau 16-22-38

Marcus Kearsey 5-32-37

Power play - 38/167 (22.75%)

Penalty kill - 41/158 (74.05%)

Goal for - 153

Goals against - 201

Titan report (23-25-3-2)

Bathurst snapped a four game losing streak last night, taking down the Gatineau Olympiques 3-2 off of a 31 save performance from Joshua Fleming.

The Titan are 4-5-1-0 in their last ten games.

Robert Orr leads the way in scoring for the Titan. He scored a goal and an assist in the win over Gatineau. He has six points in six games to start the month, including two multi-point games.

P.E.I. native Colby Huggan continues his stellar breakout season with Bathurst, scoring his 21st of the season against the Olympiques. Huggan has 52 points in 54 games, shattering his last career high of seven points with the Armada. He has seen some success against his hometown team this season as well with a couple of goals. He will be more motivated with his family and friends in the crowd.

Harry Clements, another player from P.E.I., has had a decent campaign on the back-end for Bathurst with six points in 49 games, but has a plus five rating despite the losing record of the TItan. Clements has two points this season against the Islanders and much like Huggan will have an extra chip on his shoulder playing against his hometown team.

Leading scorers

Robert Orr 20-46-66

Milo Roelens 23-33-56

Colby Huggan 21-31-52

Power play - 30/168 (17.86%)

Penalty kill - 51/209 (75.6%)

Goal for - 180

Goals against - 196

Final notes - These two teams will meet twice more this season. The Islanders will travel to Bathurst next on March 14 before hosting the final meeting on March 10,

Charlottetown will look to make it three in a row at home for the first time in 2024.

Puck drop at the Eastlink Centre for the first ever Islander Day game is at 2 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets here or by calling the box office at 902-629-6625.

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