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Isles and Moose Meet in Front of Eastlink Centre Fans Once Again

February 17, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

After a pair of strong back-to-back victories this weekend, the Charlottetown Islanders will look to use that momentum to their advantage as they welcome fans back to the Eastlink Centre to cheer them on against the Halifax Mooseheads once again.

The Islanders (17-4-0-0) got back on track following two losses in their previous three games. They played more to the team's identity and that yielded success, defeating the Mooseheads 3-0 followed by a 5-2 victory over the Cape Breton Eagles. Patrick Guay recorded his first two goals as an Islander while Noah Laaouan and Brett Budgell recorded goals in both games. Laaouan's efforts over the weekend earned him a spot on the QMJHL's Team of the Week.

Charlottetown will get a shot of energy back in the lineup as Zac Beauregard returns from a one-game suspension. He received the suspension in Saturday's game against Halifax, high-sticking Mooseheads forward Kyle Petten and receiving a match penalty for the play.

While Beauregard returns from suspension, one player who won't return is Mooseheads captain Justin Barron. The Colorado Avalanche prospect will sit for one more game following his two-game suspension for boarding against the Cape Breton Eagles on Friday night.

His Mooseheads (8-11-2-3) are reeling after suffering two consecutive defeats last weekend. The team has been hampered by a number of injuries as of late and have yet to play a game as a full squad in 2021. It looked like good news on that front as Elliot Desnoyers, the team's leading goal scorer, is expected to return following a dental procedure. Unfortunately, Cameron Whynot will take his place on the sidelines following an injury sustained against the Islanders on Saturday. Whynot joins forward Senna Peeters, defensemen Alexandre Tessier and Keegan Hunt, and goaltender Brady James in the infirmary.

The rivalry between the Islanders and Mooseheads has been burning since the three Nova Scotia and PEI-based QMJHL teams returned to action in 2021, as the two teams have seen match penalties, suspensions, and multiple scrums break out during their games. Tonight will be the first time that Islanders fans will get to experience that intensity first-hand as they return to the Eastlink Centre. Season Ticket Holders are reminded to ensure that they bring the correct ticket to the game (Regular Season Game #11).

Aren't able to attend the game? Watch along on Eastlink Community TV, or at any of our five viewing partners across Charlottetown. As always, you can listen along on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio as George Matthews and Cory Arsenault will have the call!

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