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Stretch drive for Charlottetown Islanders


QMJHL squad looking to fine tune its game with six contests left in regular season

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – It’s playoff push time for the Charlottetown Islanders.

The team has six games remaining in the regular season, including tonight’s 7 p.m. contest in Saint John, N.B., against the Sea Dogs.

“I think anytime when you flip that calendar to March your thoughts head to playoffs,” head coach Jim Hulton said Thursday. “Now we want to make sure that our game is moving in the right direction.”

Charlottetown is 34-22-6-0 and has clinched a playoff spot while Saint John (13-38-9-2) is a long shot to make the post-season dance.

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The Islanders are in the middle of the pack and still have the ability to earn home-ice advantage, but it could take some help from other teams.

“That's beyond our control,” Hulton said. “Right now, all we can worry about is our own group.”

He said the team bounced back from its loss to Victoriaville on Friday by winning Sunday against Moncton, but there are still some things in its game that need to be improved.

Sam King acknowledge the team is excited about the playoffs, but it must take care of the business at hand first.

“We still have to focus on these next few games and try and get a couple points,” he said.

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The Islanders hold a 6-1-1-0 record against the Sea Dogs this season.

Defenceman Hunter Drew will serve the final game of his two-game suspension tonight while Matthew Welsh will get the start in the Isles crease.


Remaining game

A look at the Charlottetown Islanders remaining regular season games:

Tonight

7 p.m. – Charlottetown at Saint John.

Friday

7 p.m. – Charlottetown at Cape Breton.

Saturday

7 p.m. – Charlottetown at Cape Breton.

Wednesday, March 14

7 p.m. – Charlottetown at Acadie-Bathurst.

Friday, March 16

7 p.m. – Acadie-Bathurst at Charlottetown.

Saturday, March 17

3 p.m. – Moncton at Charlottetown.

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