The P.E.I. Rocket look to get back into the win column tonight in their first game in Charlottetown in two weeks.
The Rocket (12-8-1) hosts the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (9-11-4) at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
“It’s another tough test for us,” said coach Gordie Dwyer. “We expect it to be a tight game. Bathurst has some great firepower offensively and we’re going to have to be sharp in the details and make sure we limit their opportunities.”
The Rocket is 7-4 at home this season while the Titan is 4-6-3 on the road. The Rocket has won both games with the Titan this season, but the last required overtime.
Rocket captain Josh Currie leads the league in points with 40 (20 goals and 20 assists) in 21 games, one point ahead of linemate Ben Duffy.
Zach O’Brien leads the Titan with 16 goals and 17 assists in 24 games. Matthew Bissonnette has 23 points in 21 games and Brandon Hynes has 18 in 21 games.
“These are guys that are always dangerous offensively,” Dwyer said.
Maxime Lagacé gets the call in the crease tonight. He is 5-5 in 12 games this season and has a 4.51 goals-against average.
The Rocket has scored 86 goals and given up 76 while the Titan has tallied 76 and given up 87.
The Titan has lost three straight while the Rocket lost 5-3 to the Screaming Eagles Wednesday in Sydney, N.S.
“We didn’t play well enough to win and it’s a lesson to be learned for our hockey team,” Dwyer said. “Cape Breton came out and were hungry and they were flying. We weren’t able to execute our game plan early in the game.”
Tonight is BMO ultimate CHL fan appreciation night in Charlottetown. Fans are asked to dress in their best Rocket colours, jersey or costume.
Three fans will be selected to participate in a trivia contest with the winner receiving an autographed team jersey and a $50 prepaid MasterCard.
Their name will also be entered into a draw for a trip for two to the Memorial Cup (May 24 to 26) in Saskatoon.
Results from Rocket-Titan games so far this season
P.E.I. 4, Acadie-Bathurst 2
Acadie-Bathurst 3, P.E.I. 4 (OT)