The Islanders open their road trip tonight in Shawinigan
The Charlottetown Islanders are in Shawinigan tonight facing the Cataractes in a first of three games on the road. Winners of their last four games, the Islanders will try to win a fifth straight win for the first time this season. Note that three of their four wins were obtained in overtime. Since the beginning of the season, the Islanders have been the leaders for goals scored with 122 (4.3 goals/per game, 1st QMJHL). On the defensive side, they have allowed 102 (3.6 goals/per game, 8th lowest QMJHL). On special teams, Charlottetown is doing well on the power play (26.5%, 4th QMJHL), which is quite the reverse on the penalty kill with a 69.6% efficiency (17th QMJHL). On the road, the Islanders have a record of 0.500, with seven victories and as many loss. Goaltender Matthew Welsh will be at his post in front of the net.
Injurie(s): Carl Gervais
Who’s hot: Kameron Kielly has five points (2g-3a) in his last two games. Filip Chlapik has five points (2g-3a) in his last two games. Guillaume Brisebois has five assists in his last four games.
The Shawinigan Cataractes starts tonight’s game with a 17-8-1-1 record, fifth overall. The Cataractes will be looking for a first win in five games, during which they scored only 10 goals. This will be the second and final meeting between these two teams this season, while the Cataractes were beaten in overtime 5-4, exactly 12 days ago. With a victory tonight and a loss in regulation for the Quebec Remparts, Shawinigan would take the lead of the East Division. In 27 games this season, the Cataractes scored 106 goals (3.9 goals/game, 8th QMJHL) and scored 76 goals (2.8 goals/game, 2nd lowest QMJHL). On the power play, Shawinigan is in the middle of the pack with a 23.2% production (9th QMJHL), while in the same position shorthanded with a 80.2% efficiency (7th QMJHL) ). After serving a five-game suspension, Samuel Bucek will make a comeback.
Injurie(s): Alexis D’Aoust, Vincent Senez, Gabriel Sylvestre, Cavan Fitzgerald
Who’s hot: Samuel Girard has six points (2g-4a) in his last five games.