Charlottetown continue search for victories today against Moncton

With three straight defeats, the Charlottetown Islanders try to get back in to the win column at home against the Moncton Wildcats.

The Islanders (12-7-4-0) look to exact revenge on the Wildcats (17-4-0-0) for a 3-2 loss this past Thursday night. Mika Cyr scored the game winner in the third period for the Wildcats, who have trended in the opposite direction of the Isles with wins in nine of their last ten games. With that victory, Moncton now holds the slight edge in the season series with two out of three victories to this point of the year.

Charlottetown is coming off a second straight 3-2 defeat just last night, this time in overtime to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Keiran Gallant recorded his first career QMJHL goal and Jacob Goobie made 25 saves in the loss.

“It’s not about the individual point, but the points that our team gets,” said Gallant, maintaining a team-first approach despite the individual accomplishment.

Moncton, meanwhile, weren’t in action last night. They last played Friday night, a 5-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques. Alexander Khovanov continued his hot play, recording three points in the game. He’s already amassed six goals and nine points in just five November games.

While Khovanov and the high-powered Wildcats haven’t had problems scoring, the Islanders have. Charlottetown hasn’t scored more than three goals in a game since October 26th against Rouyn-Noranda, an eight-game stretch. If they want to find their way back in to the win column, they’ll have to get pucks by the projected Wildcats starter, Edmonton Oilers prospect Olivier Rodrigue.

“We played another solid road game but our offensive struggles continue to hurt us,” Isles head coach Jim Hulton said following last night’s defeat, referring to the lack of goal-scoring as of late. For the Isles to find success, they’ll need to find a way back on to the scoresheet.

Tickets are still available for today’s game! Visit the Eastlink Centre box office, call 902-629-6625, or visit this morning to get yours. Don’t forget that it’s Family Day; 4 tickets are just $40 for the family! There will be activities in the lobby of the Eastlink Centre pre-game, while following the game there will be a family skate and autograph session with all your favourite Islanders!

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