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Welsh Makes 200th Start as Isles and Moose Meet in Halifax

December 13, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

Matthew Welsh continues to add to his accolades in his final season of junior hockey.

The five-year Charlottetown Islanders star will become just the 14th goaltender in QMJHL history to record 200 career games played as the Islanders and Halifax Mooseheads renew hostilities tonight in Halifax at 7:00pm.

For Welsh, tonight's accomplishment is just another in what has become an illustrious career spent entirely in Charlottetown. Already this season, Welsh has moved in to the top ten in QMJHL history in wins (113), shutouts (12), and even points recorded as a netminder (11).

The Islanders (18-12-4-0) will look to gain a measure of revenge on the Mooseheads for a 4-1 defeat in front of a hometown crowd on Wednesday night. Alexis Gravel stood on his head, recording 47 saves, while Patrick Kyte recorded three assists in the victory for Halifax.

Brett Budgell recorded the lone goal in Wednesday's game for Charlottetown, his twelfth goal of the season. He's been a pillar of consistency for the Isles over a stretch where the team has been without Lukas Cormier and Nikita Alexandrov. With the goal, Budgell now has points in four of five games in December. The Newfoundland native is averaging 0.74 points-per-game this season, producing at the best rate of his QMJHL career.

The losses weren't just felt on the scoresheet; Noah Laaouan suffered an upper-body injury this week and will not play in either of Charlottetown's games this weekend.

The Mooseheads (15-13-2-1) meanwhile remain without many of their biggest stars, but for good reason. Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Raphael Lavoie, and Jared McIsaac all were named to Team Canada's World Junior Championship squad yesterday, while Senna Peeters (Belgium) and Marcel Barinka (Czech Republic) also remain with their respective countries on international assignment.

Maxim Trepanier also scored twice for the Mooseheads, giving him 22 goals on the season. The 20-year-old forward is in the midst of an incredible run, recording at least a point in sixteen straight games. The streak is creeping towards record-setting; Trepanier's streak is now tied for sixth-longest in Mooseheads history alongside Summerside, PEI native Darcy Ashley.

Don't forget that just because it's an away game, doesn't mean you can't tune in! Catch the call with George Matthews live on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio.

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