The final home game of the regular season may be the biggest for the Charlottetown Islanders, as tonight’s game against the Moncton Wildcats could very well determine who the Isles face in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.
Currently sitting fourth overall in the Eastern Conference standings with 85 points, the Islanders can lock-up home ice advantage in the first round with a victory over the Wildcats tonight. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles currently sit three points back of Charlottetown in fifth, while Moncton and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens sit tied for sixth with 81 points.
The Wildcats, to their credit, have been clicking over the past little while, having gathered points in seven of their last ten games. They’re coming off a tough 5-3 loss over the Halifax Mooseheads, a game in which Moncton garnered a quick two-goal lead in the first period.
To be successful in hockey, your best players have to be your best players. That’s been the case for Moncton since the beginning of February. Jeremy McKenna and Jakob Pelletier have been lights out for the Wildcats in the 17 games since February 1st. McKenna, the Summerside native, has recorded points in all but four games in that timeframe, recording 20 points in that span. He sits fifth overall in QMJHL scoring with 93 points this season.
Sitting just behind him is the 17 year-old Jakob Pelletier. Projected to be a first round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, Pelletier has been equally as dangerous for the cats, recording an astounding 25 points in his past 17 games. Like McKenna, Pelletier sits among the top ten scorers of the QMJHL, sitting seventh.
Tonight’s game will be particularly special for a trio of Islanders players. Daniel Hardie, Jordan Maher, and Hunter Drew will play their final home games of the regular season tonight. The three over-age players will be honoured in a brief pre-game ceremony for all their efforts throughout their respective QMJHL careers.
Tonight’s game is officially sold out! You can still catch all of the action on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio with Goerge Matthews and Cory Arsenault at 7:30pm. Click HERE to tune in!