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Isles and Wildcats - Weekend Home-And-Home

February 24, 2024 - Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
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The Charlottetown Islanders and the Moncton Wildcats meet for a home-and-home this weekend, starting tonight at the Avenir Centre.

The Isles are looking to extend their winning streak to four games after taking down the Cape Breton Eaglws 3-1 Thursday evening.

Carter Bickle has improved to 15-15-2 after the win in Cape Breton. He's continuing a strong February, posting a 2.25 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He gets the nod in Moncton.

His partner, Aksels Ozols will get the start Sunday in Charlottetown. Through 24 games, Ozols is 8-13 with a 3.85 GAA and an .875 SV%.

Islanders report (23-26-3-2)

17-year-old defenseman Marcus Kearsey has been elite on the power play this season, sitting second in the Q in power play assists. The young leader has been struggling as of late with just two points since the start of February but with a point in his last game, may be on the rise again.

Since being acquired from the Eagles, Will Shields has been a good top-six forward with five goals and six assists. Shields has two points in the Isles' three game winning streak. The 17-year-old has only been getting better so don't be shocked if he scores during the home-and-home.

Alexis Michaud is following up a good rookie campaign by already surpassing his totals from last year. With 15 goals and 17 assists, Michaud has 32 points, nine more than he did last season. Michaud also has points in six of the Isles' last seven games.

James Swan is set to play his 200th QMJHL game on Sunday. He has split his time between the Halifax Mooseheads, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Islanders. He's approaching 100 points as well with 46 goals and 50 assists, totalling 96.

Leading scorers

Michael Horth 27-15-42

Giovanni Morneau 17-23-40

Marcus Kearsey 5-33-38

Power play - 39/172 (22.67%)

Penalty kill - 42/164 (74.39%)

Goals for - 159

Goals against - 204

Wildcats report (31-17-4-3)

Moncton is coming off of a 3-2 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Feb. 22. Although 4-5-1-0 in their last 10 games, they have won three of their last four games.

Former Islander Oscar Plandowski has looked good for Moncton. The Detroit Red Wings 5th round pick has five goals and 16 assists for 21 points this season, but has been held pointless in his last seven games.

Natan Grenier is currently riding a seven game point streak where he has eight points in that span. He also scored the infamous "Michigan" goal against the Titan in their 3-2 win. Grenier has 30 points in 52 games this season.

Olivier Boutin has been a solid top-four defender for Moncton in his first season with the club. He had nine goals, 25 assists for 34 points. The 20-year-old is looking to end his Q career on a high note.

The Wildcats are one of the six teams to clinch a playoff spot so far. They join the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Halifax Mooseheads, Drummondville Voltigeurs, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Victoriaville Tigres.

Leading scorers

Yoan Loshing 36-26-62

Vincent Collard 25-26-51

Preson Lounsbury 17-33-50

Power play - 52/169 (30.77%)

Penalty kill - 37/157 (78.98%)

Goals for - 231

Goals against - 159

Final notes - The Isles lead the season series three games to two, including a three goal comeback earlier this year.

Puck drop at the Avenir Centre tonight is at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at the Eastlink Centre at 3 p.m.

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