Road trip should help young Islanders gel

Jason Malloy
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Charlottetown Islanders

A young hockey team will have plenty of time to find out about their teammates this week.

The Charlottetown Islanders are planning on hitting the road tonight for Quebec where they play three games in three nights starting Friday.

The Islanders start in Sherbrooke, head to Victoriaville on Saturday before ending the trip Sunday in Drummondville.

The Islanders have eight players on its 22-man roster who have been added during the past month.

“Road trips only help the gelling process,” defenceman Troy Vance said Tuesday. “Three in three and a 10-hour ride to Quebec there and back should definitely add to it.”

Anthony Cortese said the road trip is good for the squad.

“We bond a lot. We’re always with each other,” he said. “I think it brings the team together.”

The players try to relax and not think about the upcoming games too much while travelling to Quebec.

“There’s a lot of Netflix and some poker going on,” Cortese said.

Vance said there are some different card games played throughout the bus. He is just learning a new team game called Euchre.

“Me and Cobbs (Spenser Cobbold) we’re beating up on (Mike) DiPaolo and Cortese. We’ll try to keep the run going,” he said.

Action movies are traditional favourites while sport movies also make the cut.

Vance said the most memorable bus trip during his major junior career was last season. It took 27 hours to get home from Rouyn-Noranda due to a snowstorm.

The Islanders next home game is Jan. 30 when Moncton comes to town.



Geographic location: Quebec, Sherbrooke, Victoriaville Drummondville.The Islanders Rouyn-Noranda Moncton

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