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Islanders look to make the most of Game 3 at home

The Islanders have set themselves up for success as the series shifts back to Charlottetown for the first time in Round two.

Charlottetown came out victorious in the first two games, winning Game 1 in overtime and Game 2 in a high-scoring affair.

For the Mooseheads, their special teams have been admirable throughout the series, owning a power play percentage of 22.2 and a penalty killing rate of 81 per cent.

As for the Islanders, after finishing the regular season with the one of the QMJHL’s worst power play rates they seemed to have turned their fortunes around when it matters the most. Charlottetown currently owns the second best power play in the playoffs, capitalizing on 34.6 per cent of their opportunities.

Their penalty killing has been just as efficient, as the short-handed unit has killed off 85.7 per cent of all opportunities throughout the playoffs, good for 5th best in the league.

Pascal Aquin plays major minutes on both units, and has been the Islanders biggest contributor as of late, even earning this week’s Ultramar Play of the Week honours from the QMJHL. Aquin came up big for his team in Game 7 of round one, scoring four goals, and he has carried that success into the second round, even scoring the overtime winner in Game 1, before adding a two point performance in Game 2 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

Aquin is now tied with Mooseheads leading scorer Filip Zadina for third in the league in playoff scoring with 11 points, trailing only Blainville’s Alexandre Alain and Victoriaville’s Vitalli Abramov.

For tickets to Game 3 and 4 you can contact the EastLink Centre Box Office at 902-629-6625 or visit them online at EastLinkCentrePEI.com.

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