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Reversal of Fortunes in Quebec the Game for the Isles Tonight in Baie-Comeau

December 6, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

The Charlottetown Islanders have crossed the bridge, taken the ferry, and ventured in to Baie-Comeau to take on the Drakkar in the first part of their third Quebec road trip this season.

While they've typically had success in Quebec in the past, the same can't be said for the Islanders (16-10-4-0) this season. Charlottetown has just one win in six games in La Belle Province to this point in the season, a 4-3 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies back on October 26th. They're last road trip yielded no victories in a three game stretch, a trip that the team is not looking to replicate this time around.

Momentum is on Charlottetown's side though, as they've won their last two games, including a 5-2 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads in their last game on December 1st. They'll go for three in a row with a victory over the Drakkar tonight, who the Islanders defeated 5-3 in the last meeting between the two teams on November 20th, the School Day Game. Noah Laaouan recorded a goal and an assist in the victory, which added to a hot November for the defenseman. In 13 games last month, Laaouan recorded 11 points, putting him well on track to break his career high established last season.

Another player who remains hot for Charlottetown is Thomas Casey. The speedy forward has five goals in his last two games and seven points total over his past four games after returning from an injury-riddled November.

The momentum could continue in other ways tonight; defenseman Lukas Cormier and forward Cedric Desruisseaux are taking this morning's skate and could participate in tonight's game. A final decision will be made following morning skate. Brett Budgell will also be a game-time decision having suffered a hand injury in the team's last game against Halifax.

For all of their potential additions, there are a few losses as well; Nikita Alexandrov (Russia) and Gaetan Jobin (Switzerland) have both reported to their country's World Junior Championship training camp, making them unavailable this weekend. Behind the bench, head coach Jim Hulton will pull his general manager's hat on and be away from the team, scouting other team's ahead of the Christmas trading period.

Baie-Comeau meanwhile are trending in the opposite direction, having won just twice in their last seven games. The Drakkar (12-13-4-1) are coming off a 5-3 loss to the last-place Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, a game that saw the Drakkar give up the lead twice in the second period. Nathan Legare continued a consistent hot streak with an assist in the loss; the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect has five points in his last three games, and leads the team with 29 points in 28 games this season.

Don't forget that you can catch all of tonight's action with George Matthews and Norman Beck on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio. Click HERE to catch the call at 8:30pm Atlantic!

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