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Isles Finally Hit Home Ice Tonight against Sea Dogs

October 23, 2020 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

It's been a long three weeks on the road to start the season, but the Charlottetown Islanders are finally home.

The Isles play their home opener tonight at the Eastlink Centre against the Saint John Sea Dogs in the second matchup between the two teams this season.

The Islanders (4-1-0-0) have fared extremely well in enemy territory to start the year, winning four of their first five games. They've been getting consistent contributions throughout their lineup on the scoresheet, something that many pundits considered to be an area of concern heading in to the season. The obvious contributors have been none other than Cedric Desruisseaux and Thomas Casey, who currently are tied for 1st in the QMJHL with 11 points to start the year.

Another player who has displayed quiet consistency is the team's captain, Brett Budgell. The Paradise, Newfoundland native picked up two assists in the team's 5-0 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads last Friday night, giving him six points in five games to start the year. Budgell is now just four points shy of former Islander Brad Kennedy for eighth in Islanders history for points.

Expect Colten Ellis to get the start in goal coming off his first shutout as an Islander in the victory over the Mooseheads. Ellis' 2.25 goals against average is good for fifth among all QMJHL netminders while also sporting a sterling .909 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Saint John (1-1-1-1) have had a disappointing start to their season. Considered by many to be one of the the favourites for the President's Cup to start the year, the Sea Dogs have managed just one win in the very early stages of the season.

Despite their record, they're getting meaningful contributions from their deep lineup, including 2019 1st overall pick Joshua Roy. The 17-year-old forward certainly isn't experiencing a sophomore slump, having recorded three goals and five points in four games to start the year.

For those fans able to attend tonight's game, we sincerely look forward to having you back in the Eastlink Centre! For those unable to attend, you'll be able to catch the game live at The Factory Downtown, Boston Pizza, or the Brackley Drive-In! As always, you can listen to the game live on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio as well!

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