Charlottetown hosts Sherbrooke tonigth at Eastlink Centre
The Charlottetown Islanders look to snap a three-game losing streak on home ice tonight in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
The Islanders (10-5-0-1) host the Sherbrooke Phoenix (6-11-1-1) at 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre. It is the Islanders first home game since beating Chicoutimi 3-0 on Oct. 19. They are 5-0-1-1 this season at the Eastlink Centre.
“Returning from a long road trip, we’re really focused on our performance tomorrow night,” coach Gordie Dwyer said. “We’re excited to get back to the rink in front of our fans.”
Sherbrooke defeated Cape Breton 6-4 Wednesday in Sydney, N.S. and came to P.E.I. Thursday.
“They are coming off a big win,” Dwyer said. “They have some offensive firepower. They’re a team that has some team toughness and they play a gritty game and I think it’s going to be an exciting matchup.”
Antoine Bibeau gets the start for the Islanders. The team is healthy and there is more competition for ice time with the addition of defenceman Mike DiPaolo and left-winger Spenser Cobbold. Both are expected to be in the lineup tonight.
“Their play, coupled with everybody else’s play, will dictate where everybody fits within the lineup.”
It’s the first of three games in three days for the Islanders, who play in Saint John, N.B., Saturday at 7 p.m. and in Moncton Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Islanders are second in the Telus Maritimes Division, three points back of Halifax, but have played four fewer games. Tonight marks the quarter point of the 68-game regular season for the Islanders.