Inside the Isles: Wildcats visit Charlottetown for Sunday afternoon matchup
The Isles continue their stretch of home games on Sunday afternoon as they face-off with Maritime Division foe, the Moncton Wildcats.
The Wildcats rank 12th in the league, maintaining a record of 16-18-4-3 in 41 games this season.
The Wildcats offence that started the season red hot, has begun to cool down, now ranking 9th in league scoring, firing 130 past opposing netminders.
Even with their proven scoring ability, the power play has struggled this season, sitting near the bottom of the league (14th), scoring on only 17.6 per cent of their opportunities.
The recent scoring woes are not the only thing troubling the Wildcats. Moncton can’t seem to find a way to keep the puck out of their net, allowing the 3rd most goals against in the league this season, with former Islander, Mark Grametbauer and backup Matthew Waite allowing 157 past them this season, averaging nearly four goals against per-game (3.83).
The penalty killing hasn’t help their cause either, as the Wildcats is ranked 11th in the QMJHL, stopping just 79.6 of chances against.
With the Wildcats in town all eyes will be on former Islanders goaltender Mark Grametbauer who went 13-4 with the Islander last season before adding a 9-3 record in the playoffs.
On the offensive side of things, Summerside native Jeremy McKenna should grab your attention. McKenna has scored the 4th most goals in the league this season, with 21, and also ranks 2nd in league scoring, notching 47 points in 41 games this season. He trails only Blainville’s Alex Barre-Boulet (67) in the scoring race.
Sunday is Family Fun-Day at the EastLink Centre. The Islanders play host to a pre-game Kids Zone that will have a bouncy castle, bungee course, a visit from Frozen’s Elsa and even Spider-Man will swing by for day’s activities.
After the game the players will be in the lobby signing autographs before the ice opens up for a free public skate.
Puck drop is set for 3PM, so make sure you get to the EastLink Centre early to take full advantage of the day’s events.