Islanders first five playoff dates set
Spenser Cobbold is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
The Charlottetown Islanders 19-year-old left-winger had surgery Thursday night. While the exact cause of the injury is not know, it is believed to have occurred a couple of games ago.
General manager Grant Sonier said he would be out a minimum of a week to 10 days.
“We’ll monitor it and see where he is and see what the doctors say,” he told The Guardian Friday.
Cobbold, a five-foot-nine, 167-pound forward from Stittsville, Ont., is tied for fourth in team scoring with 30 points (14 goals and 16 assists) in 50 games this season while leading the Isles with a +11.
“It’s an injury to one of our better players, but someone else is going to have to step up and assume some minutes and assume some of the responsibilities,” Sonier said.
“I feel for Spenser. He’s been a really good warrior for us. He’s a great kid.”
Sonier said the team challenged its 19-year-old players to see who wants to return for one of the three 20-year-old spots on next year’s team.
“He’s certainly one of our ‘94s that’s proven to us he wants to be back here,” Sonier said.
The Islanders (20-38-3-5) host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (21-39-4-2) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Eastlink Centre. They conclude the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Saint John Sea Dogs (19-42-2-3) come to town.
While the matchups have not been set for the first round of the QMJHL playoffs, the Islanders know when they will be playing.
Charlottetown will open on the road on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 return home for Game 3 on Tuesday, March 25 and Game 4 on Wednesday, March 26.
Game 5, if necessary, will be played on Friday, March 28, but it could be played on the road or at home depending on whom Charlottetown plays in the first round.