The Charlottetown Islanders will be looking to shutdown some of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s top scorers this weekend at the Eastlink Centre.
The Islanders (13-14-1-3) host the Quebec Remparts (15-10-3-3) today at 7 p.m. and the Halifax Mooseheads (22-10-0-0) Sunday at 3 p.m. Statistics are before Friday’s game between Quebec and Halifax.
“They’re teams that obviously have lots of firepower and lots of skill and solid goaltending,” Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer said Friday. “Our D zone coverage is going to be key against these guys.”
Halifax can send out guys like Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick Jonathan Drouin, who is second in the league with 50 points in 22 games, rookie Nikolaj Ehlers, Hunter River’s Brent Andrews and Brooklyn’s Darcy Ashley.
The Remparts also have plenty of skilled forwards with the likes of New York Rangers draft pick Anthony Duclair, 38 points in 29 games, Adam Erne, Fabrice Herzog and Nick Sorensen.
“It’s an opportunity for our guys to rise to the occasion,” Dwyer said. “It’s always fun as a player to face a challenge and it’s certainly two hot teams coming in here.”
Charlottetown lost 6-3 to Quebec on Oct. 26 and lost two of three against Halifax this season. The Islanders beat the Mooseheads 5-2 on opening night on Sept. 13, lost 4-2 on Oct. 23 and 4-3 on Nov. 15.
Goalie Antoine Bibeau starts today while forward Alexis Pépin is doubtful for the weekend with a shoulder injury.