Foley, Vautour joining Islanders for Friday's game

Jason Malloy
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A familiar face returns to the Charlottetown Islanders lineup tonight while there will be a new backup goalie.

Right-winger Johnny Foley has been recalled while goaltender Daniel Vautour will dress for the first time with the Isles.

The moves were required with centre Filip Chlapik and goalie Mason McDonald gone to tryout for the Czech Republic and Canadian world junior teams, respectively.

Foley, 17, has an assist in six games with the Islanders and eight points in 17 games with the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

"He's got to come up and just be a stop gap right now, and if he gets an opportunity show us something," general manager Grant Sonier said. "Hopefully he can bang one in here and there."

Vautour, a 19-year-old Miramichi, N.B., native, is 7-7-2 with a 2.95 goals-against average for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in the Maritime junior circuit. He played 22 games, including three this year, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Guillaume Briand-Briere was not available to play for the Islanders due to the CEGEP rules. He will join the team after the Christmas break.

The Islanders host the Moncton Wildcats at 7 p.m.

Charlottetown has lost three straight games, including a 4-3 decision Saturday to the Saint John Sea Dogs.

"I thought we had a complete 60 minutes in Saint John and didn't get the win," head coach Jim Hulton said. "We have to duplicate and be better."

The Islanders will be without left-winger Keith Getson for this weekend's three games after he travelled home to Nova Scotia for a personal reason.

Kameron Kielly is recovering after surgery while 18-year-old right-winger Daniel Sprong remains with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"All of those things are factors out of our control," Sonier said.

Sprong played 6:06 on Wednesday in his first game since Nov. 17.

Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis retired earlier this week and general manager Jim Rutherford publicly said he has urged coach Mike Johnston to play Sprong.

Organizations: Islanders, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Pittsburgh Penguins

Geographic location: Czech Republic, Miramichi, Pictou County Maritime Charlottetown Saint John Nova Scotia

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