Charlottetown Islanders

Isles Hit the Road to Take on the Eagles

February 22, 2024 - Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
Charlottetown Islanders News Release

The Charlottetown Islanders take a trip to northern Nova Scotia to take on the Cape Breton Eagles at the Centre 200 in Sydney, Thursday night.

The Islanders are coming off of a nail-biter of a win, taking down the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3-2.

Islanders report (22-26-3-2)

Carter Bickle has been stellar since the beginning of 2024, but took off in February with a .920 save percentage including his first career shutout and a 40 save performance against Bathurst.

Ondrej Maruna scored his first two points in 2024 in the last two games (1g/1a). He had some extra motivation with his family from Slovakia in the crowd. Watch for Maruna to continue to produce as his confidence rises with every game.

Michael Horth still leads the Islanders in goals and points, scoring his 25th of the season in the 3-2 win over the Titan. The captain has been cold as of late but with a tone setting goal against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in a 4-2 win, don't be surprised if he catches fire like he did to start the season.

It's safe to say that defenceman Isaac Vos has earned his spot on the team this season, improving his career high to 20 points from four last year. Vos has just one point since the start of February but is just a -1 in that span. Though, he has not taken a penalty in the last eight games.

Leading scorers

Michael Horth 25-15-40

Giovanni Morneau 17-22-39

Marcus Kearsey 5-32-37

Power play - 38/169 (22.49%)

Penalty kill - 41/160 (74.38%)

Goals for - 156

Goals against - 203

Eagles report (29-22-1-2)

Cape Breton is coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs where they had 51 shots.

Olivier Houde has been one of Cape Breton's top players all season with 48 points in 54 games. The former 7th overall pick has been especially hot as of late with five points in his last three games, including a multi-goal effort against the Halifax Mooseheads.

Zach Biggar, a P.E.I. native, has been a steady veteran presence on the blueline for the Eagles. He's been off to a slow start since the new year, scoring just two points. Both of them were assists and came in February. Watch for Biggar to add to his nine points this season against his hometown team.

Since being traded away from the Islanders, Lucas Romeo has caught fire in Cape Breton. He has 13 goals and three assists in 17 games with the Eagles and shows no sign of slowing down. In his only game against Charlottetown he has a goal and an assist.

Leading scorers

Cam Squires 24-28-52

Olivier Houde 22-26-48

Cole Burbidge 11-35-36

Power play - 31/174 (17.82%)

Penalty kill - 34/184 (81.52%)

Goals for - 160

Goals against - 156

Final notes - The Eagles lead the season series three games to two. They took the most recent matchup 4-2 on Feb. 2.

Cape Breton has shutout the Isles twice this season in five games.

Puck drop at the Centre 200 is at 7 p.m.

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