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Starting on Time the Name of the Game for the Isles as They Take on Moose

February 13, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

After a productive week of practice, the Charlottetown Islanders have headed across the bridge to Nova Scotia in search of bounce back performances. They'll get the opportunity starting this afternoon against the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Islanders (15-4-0-0) fell victim to a pair of slow starts last week on Wednesday and Saturday, unable to overcome first period deficits and falling to both the Mooseheads and Cape Breton Eagles. This week, the team addressed those needs in a full week of practice.

One positive from last week's set of games was the emergence of Charlottetown's identity line. The trio of Zac Beauregard, Keiran Gallant, and Drew Elliott were a spark plug for the stagnant team in those first periods, providing a shot in the arm when the team needed it. Beauregard in particular has been a lightning rod offensively since the turn of the new year, recording five points in the first five games of 2021.

Meanwhile, the Mooseheads (8-10-2-3) are looking for a shot of momentum of their own, coming off a 4-1 defeat to the Eagles just one night ago. The team is running in to their fair share of injury troubles, with top scorer Elliot Desnoyers sidelined last night with a dental procedure to go along with injuries to Senna Peeters, Alexandre Tessier, and Keegan Hunt. Add to that an injury sustained to Brady James last night against the Eagles to go along with a two-game suspension to team captain Justin Barron. The Colorado Avalanche prospect was involved in a boarding incident in the third period of last night's game which will sideline him for the next two games.

The Mooseheads will get one boost to the lineup, however, as Zachary L'Heureux returns to the Halifax lineup from a three-game suspension. Regarded as one of the top NHL prospects ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft, L'Heureux was forced to the sidelines after a cross-check to the neck of Cedric Desruisseaux.

As always, the action can be seen at any of our five viewing partners - Outrider's Cookhouse, the PEI Brewing Company, Boston Pizza, Dooly's, and the Factory Downtown. Eastlink Community TV will also be airing the game while George Matthews and Cory Arsenault will have the call across the airwaves on Ocean 100!

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