Hockey Islanders need a win tonight

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Halifax Mooseheads’ Jonathan Drouin, left, and Charlottetown Islanders’ Kameron Kielly exchange words prior to a faceoff in Halifax recently.

Charlottetown trails Halifax Mooseheads 3-0 in QMJHL playoff series

It’s win or go home tonight for the Charlottetown Islanders.

“Game 7 for us is tomorrow night,” coach Gordie Dwyer said Wednesday.

They trail the Halifax Mooseheads 3-0 in their best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League series. Game 4 is tonight at 7 p.m. after being postponed a day by Wednesday’s snowstorm.

“We’ll roll it into a positive,” Dwyer said. “It’s situational. Neither team expected it, but we’ll . . . use the day to rest up and obviously be ready to battle again.”

Goalie Mason McDonald is expected to start tonight while Dwyer said there would be some game-time decisions. They added forwards Thomas Stavert and Malik Johnson to the playoff roster after the Summerside Western Capitals were eliminated from the junior A playoffs earlier this week.

“I thought for the most part the two guys that came in last night from Summerside played pretty well for us,” Dwyer said Wednesday.

Julien Avon (upper body) missed Tuesday’s game and remains day to day. Spenser Cobbold (broken jaw) remains out of the lineup as well.

The Mooseheads called up Maxime Fortier, the Quebec midget AAA scoring champ, with Darcy Ashley, Brent Andrews and Austyn Hardie out at least another week.

Dwyer said he is pleased with the effort and compete level, but there remains areas of the team’s game it can improve on.

“We’re also in that process of evaluating our players moving forward too,” Dwyer said. “I think that there’s been some positives. I think there’s some guys that have really evaluated their game so far in the playoffs.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s game will be used tonight.

Tickets can be purchased online anytime at www.eastlinkcentrepei.com or through the Eastlink Centre Box Office in person or by phone (902-629-6625).

The box office opens today at 11 a.m.

The postponement will not impact Game 5, which is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in Halifax, if necessary.

Organizations: Summerside Western Capitals, Eastlink Centre Box Office, Game 5

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside, Quebec Halifax

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  • Richard Sherman
    March 27, 2014 - 00:22

    Jonny D has been taking notes

  • Bob Suoivbo
    March 27, 2014 - 00:11

    Brent Ashley, Darcy Andrews. You have the last named mixed up.