Charlottetown team in Quebec to play three games in three days
The Charlottetown Islanders will be looking at getting off to a better start during its games this week in Quebec.
“We have been slow out of the gate here in the last few games,” coach Gordie Dwyer.
Sometimes it has hurt them on the scoreboard, while other times it has provided the opposition with momentum.
“It has to be a focus of ours,” Dwyer said of the starts. “Especially on the road, if we can weather the storm and be able to push back in the first period.”
The Islanders were expected to leave late Wednesday night for Quebec. They play three games in three days beginning Friday in Sherbrooke.
It is the team’s only three road games in three nights of the season.
Dwyer said the team hopes to get off to a good start and take in one game at a time. The Sherbrooke Phoenix has the worst record of the three teams the Islanders will play this week and is 1-6-2-1 in its last 10 games. The Islanders are 3-7 in their past 10 and are five points up on the Phoenix.
The Islanders have scored five goals during its four-game losing streak, but Dwyer is pleased with the players’ work ethic and compete level.
“We have been getting chances, which is a positive, but we have to find a way to capitalize on those chances consistently,” Dwyer said.
The weekend will also mark the first game for a couple of former Islanders to play against their old team.
Yan-Pavel Laplante and Julien Leduc were traded to Victoriaville on Dec. 22 in a deal that brought defenceman Luc Deschenes and draft picks back.
Laplante has 10 points in 10 games with the Tigres, including a six-point game against Cape Breton on Jan. 11. Leduc has four assists in 10 games.
Matej Beran was traded to Sherbrooke for Samuel Jutras on Jan. 2. He has three goals and two assists in six games since the deal.
Nathan Yetman is out for the week after suffering a concussion Friday in Saint John, N.B. A couple of players were dealing with other injuries or illnesses early this week and their status will be come clearer closer to game day.
The Islanders have called up affiliate player Malik Johnson from the Summerside Western Captials, of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, for this week’s road trip.
The Charlottetown Islanders are on the road this week in Quebec. Here is their schedule. All times are Atlantic.
Charlottetown (17-25-1-4) at Sherbrooke (14-27-3-3), 8 p.m.
Charlottetown at Victoriaville (21-19-4-2), 8:30 p.m.
Charlottetown at Drummondville (29-16-1-1), 5 p.m.