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Isles Look to Carry Momentum in to Battle against Mooseheads this Week

December 11, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

The Charlottetown Islanders have momentum on their side.

Coming off a successful Quebec road trip with four out of a possible six points, the Isles will look to let the good times roll tonight against their Maritime Division rival Halifax Mooseheads.

Despite extended periods of injury problems and goal droughts, the Islanders (18-11-4-0) appear to have weathered a tough November and started upon a more successful December, having won four of their last five games since November 29th. They've won two in a row, including an impressive 2-1 victory over the nationally ranked Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

One of the catalysts of this recent stretch has been Thomas Casey. The speedy forward from Charlottetown has taken his play to a new level the past five games, recording eight goals during this five-game stretch. He now leads the team with fifteen goals and is tied for the team lead in points with 24.

Another player who's heating up for Charlottetown is Cedric Desruisseaux. The Victoriaville native hit a career milestone in his hometown this weekend; with his three assists against the Tigres on Sunday, Desruisseaux now has 100 career QMJHL points in his career split between the Tigres, the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and the Islanders. The 19-year-old added an assist on Saturday as well, bringing him to four assists since his return from an upper-body injury.

Speaking of injuries, Lukas Cormier is back to full strength and will play in tonight's game. The 17-year-old experienced discomfort during Saturday's game and sat out Sunday for precautionary reasons. The Isles are almost at full strength with the only injury being the long-term injury to Keiran Gallant (collarbone), who is healing well and on track for a return to the lineup before the end of the season.

Jacob Goobie gets the nod in goal for Charlottetown tonight. The 16-year-old rookie turned in his best performance of his young career Saturday night in Chicoutimi, allowing just one goal to the fifth-most offensive team in the QMJHL.

The Isles are still missing Nikita Alexandrov and Gaetan Jobin, who are with Russia and Switzerland respectively at World Junior Championship training camps.

Halifax, meanwhile, will be dealing with a number of key losses in their lineup. While they've been a .500 team for the past ten games, the Mooseheads (14-13-2-1) will now have to endure a tough stretch during the Christmas holidays. The team has a number of players on international assignment; Jared McIsaac, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, and Raphael Lavoie are all attending Team Canada's World Junior Championship training camp, forward Senna Peeters is representing Austria at the Division 1 World Junior Championships, while forward Marcel Barinka is playing with the Czech Republic at the World Junior A Challenge.

On top of that, the team will be without defenseman Justin Barron long-term after it was discovered that he had a blood clot. The Mooseheads have re-called forwards Kyle Petten, Landon Miron, and Bryan Laureigh in the wake of all the absences.

Don't forget that you can still get tickets for tonight's Winning Wednesday game! If the Islanders win, redeem your ticket at the Eastlink Centre box office for a free ticket to our next Wednesday game on January 8th! Plus if you're a UPEI Panthers season ticket holder, you're entitled to a free ticket to tonight's game! Tickets are still available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online.

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