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Rematch set as Islanders to play Armada in semifinal

Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Nicolas Meloche clears the puck in front of Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale during Friday's Game 1 at the Eastlink Centre.
Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Nicolas Meloche clears the puck in front of Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale during Game 1 of the 2017 QMJHL semifinal at the Eastlink Centre. - Jason Malloy

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – It will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal for the Charlottetown Islanders.

The top-ranked Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Moncton Wildcats 8-3 Friday to advance to the final four.

“They’re a really good team. They play extremely well in all areas. We’re going to have to be at our best, but we’re excited,” Isles head coach Jim Hulton said. “We’re hot, we're on a roll, we’re getting great goaltending – all the things you need to have success at this time of the year.”

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The Islanders swept the Halifax Mooseheads while the Armada took five games to bounce the Wildcats.

A year ago, the Islanders won the first game of the semifinal and were leading 4-2 eight minutes into the third period when the Armada scored three unanswered goals to tie the series. They’d win the next three games to advance to the final.

At that time, the Isles had a high-powered offence while the Armada had the top-level goaltending.

“The roles are reversed a little bit,” Hulton acknowledged. “It's the mark of two good teams that they’re back there again this year.”


2018 QMJHL third-round schedule

All times Atlantic

Friday, April 20

Charlottetown at Blainville-Boisbriand, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

Charlottetown at Blainville-Boisbriand, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24

Blainville-Boisbriand at Charlottetown, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25

Blainville-Boisbriand at Charlottetown, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 27 (if necessary)

Charlottetown at Blainville-Boisbriand, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 (if necessary)

Blainville-Boisbriand at Charlottetown, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1 (if necessary)

Charlottetown at Blainville-Boisbriand, 8 p.m.

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