With four wins in a row under their belt, the Charlottetown Islanders will make a push for five tonight at the Eastlink Centre when the Quebec Remparts make their way to town.
It may be early in the season, but the win helped the Islanders leapfrog the Cape Breton Eagles and Chicoutimi Sagueneens to move them in to a tie for first in the Eastern Conference with the Rimouski Oceanic. At 4-0-1-0, the Islanders have yet to lose in regulation time this season. Overall, this is the second-best 5-game start to a season in team history.
The Isles are getting it done by committee as well; 12 players have already recorded at least one goal this season, while just five players remain without a point. The wealth has been distributed evenly throughout the lineup and that, as head coach Jim Hulton says, is how this team will be successful.
“It gives us so much flexibility in how we can move the lines around.” said Hulton following last night’s victory over Saint John.
Jacob Goobie will get the nod in goal tonight for Charlottetown. The 16-year old rookie recorded his first career victory in his first career start last Sunday against the Moncton Wildcats. He’s facing a young Quebec Remparts lineup led by head coach and general manager, Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. For a goaltender, having the opportunity to play in front of one of the best to ever do it can be a special moment. For Goobie, he’s just focused on his on-ice play.
“It’s cool to play in front of a big name like that, but obviously you learn to put that aside and focus on the game, not worry about the name behind the bench or whose on the ice, just go out there and play the game.” explained Goobie.
The Remparts are led by a pair of forwards at opposite ends of their career. New York Islanders prospect Felix Bibeau has played big hockey for the Remparts since returning from training camp. The Memorial Cup champion has six assists early on in this season, good for sixth in the QMJHL. Meanwhile, 16-year old James Malatesta has made a statement since entering the league, already recording four points through five games. He’s currently fifth among all rookies and third among all 16-year olds in that category.
With momentum on their side, Isles defenseman Noah Laaouan says the team needs to stick to what’s been working to continue their success.
“It’s been working for us, but we can’t think about what we’ve done in the past,” said Laaouan. “We just have to come in to every day like it’s a new day. Today’s another new day so we just gotta keep it going.”
Tickets are still available for tonight’s game by visiting the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com. Tonight is an Olde Dublin Pub Happy Hour game. Carter MacLellan will be playing tunes in the Moose Light Lounge, Happy Hour pricing will be in effect from 6:30 until game time, along with one hour post-game. We hope to see you there!