Inside the Isles: Rimouski Oceanic
The Isles kick off the New Year against one of the QMJHL’s top teams, as the 3rd ranked Rimouski Oceanic roll into Charlottetown for a weekday matchup at the EastLink Centre.
Rimouski’s offence has not blown opponents away this season, ranking 13th in the league with 115 goals-scored this season.
Much like their offence, the Rimouski power play has struggled, currently sitting 14th in the league with the power play unit operating at 17.4 per cent this season.
Leading the way for the Oceanic offence is last year’s 1st overall pick in the QMJHL draft, Alexis Lafreniere. Lafreniere leads the Oceanic in goals with 21 and points with 40 in his inaugural QMJHL season.
But what the Oceanic lack in goal-scoring they more than make up for with the defence and goaltending.
Rimouski has allowed the fewest goals against in the CHL this season, with only 91 getting past goaltenders Colten Ellis and Jimmy Lemay through 38 games this season.
Their penalty killing has been outstanding as well, holding top spot in the QMJHL by a large margin, killing off 88.3 per cent of their chances.
The Oceanic roll into Charlottetown, coming off of a 6-1 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night. Alexis Lafreniere scored two goals with Oceanic captain Samuel Dove-McFalls picking up three assists.