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Isles set for battle with Foreurs

NOTE: TODAY’S 3:00pm START HAS BEEN DELAYED. THERE WILL BE A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT AT 3:00pm.

It’s been an incredible stretch at home for the Charlottetown Islanders, and they look to keep the good times rolling this afternoon as they take on the Val D’Or Foreurs this afternoon at 3:00pm at the Eastlink Centre.

The Islanders (17-7-2-1) have not lost in regulation at home in nine straight games, and have not lost in regulation in their last eight games overall. Their 37 points keeps them in a dogfight with the Halifax Mooseheads for fifth overall in the QMJHL. Despite a stretch of low-scoring games that has seen the team score two goals or less in three of their last four games, the Islanders remain in the upper half of the league in goals scored, sitting ninth with 103 goals for.

The Isles are coming off of a 2-1 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, their second victory over the Titan by that score this month. Derek Gentile and Cole Edwards had the goals for Charlottetown in the victory.

Daniel Hardie continues to lead the way in scoring for Charlottetown with 16 goals and 31 points. He’s cooled down since the QMJHL returned to action following the CIBC Canada-Russia Series, however he still has four points in his past six games.

Meanwhile, Val D’Or (10-15-3-1) sits 14th overall in the QMJHL following a stretch that’s seen them win five of their last ten games, allowing them to leapfrog the Gatineau Olympiques in the standings. That being said, the Foreurs are coming off of a pair of losses on their second swing through the Maritimes this season. They were defeated by the Saint John Sea Dogs 4-3 in overtime on Friday night, followed by a 6-0 loss to Cape Breton last night.

Overall, the Maritimes haven’t been kind to Val D’Or this season, racking up a 1-2-1-1 record heading in to today’s action.

Julien Tessier has led the way statistically for the Foreurs. The former first round pick of the Saint John Sea Dogs has 12 goals and 28 points through 29 games this season. Hot on his heels is defenseman Felix Boivin. The overage defenseman has been somewhat of an anomaly, sitting fourth among all defenders with 25 points in 28 games. At the same time, Boivin has the fourth-worst plus-minus in the league, holding a -28 so far.

Don’t forget that today is Family Day at the Eastlink Centre! Youth 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com. Can’t make it to the game? Join George Matthews and Cory Arsenault on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio. We’ll see you at the rink!

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