Game three is finally here Isles fans and your boys in black and harvest gold will have the chance to sweep the Wildcats and move on to the next round tonight! After taking the first two games of the best-of-five in Charlottetown on Thursday and Friday, the Isles will ideally not be on home ice again until round two gets underway. The Islanders can sweep the Wildcats three games to none with a win tonight, however, if the Cats’ were able to get a win on home ice, the two will go back at it again tomorrow night for game four. Staying alive will be a tall task for Moncton to accomplish tonight as, after a few days of rest and practice, the Islanders will be looking to come out hot and cement this series in three games. The frozen biscuit drops on game three this evening at 7 pm at the Avenir Centre.
Over the first two games of this series, the Islanders have outscored the Wildcats 11-4.
The Wildcats deserve some credit for their efforts in Charlottetown. They were a pesky foe for the Isles for the final half of the season and they didn’t totally lose that energy despite being blown out of game one. Playoff hockey is just a different type of energy and environment altogether though when compared to the regular season. We knew all year long that the Isles were built for the post-season so some credit is due for a young Wildcats squad that wasn’t expected to hang around at all this season. Going into the third period of game two, it truly was anybody’s game as we entered the final twenty minutes tied at 1’s. A large reason for Moncton’s ability to stick in these games has been the play of Jonathan Lemieux. Lemieux struggled a bit in game one as he faced a strong and rested Islanders offense that was determined to make a statement. However, in game two, Lemieux stood tall and gave his club a chance to play keeping it tied through forty minutes, the Wildcats only registered eight shots after two frames so they were pretty lucky to stick around as long as they did. Any hope the Wildcats have in winning a game in this series, lies solely in the lap of Lemieux and how well he can continue to play.
Playoff Scoring Leaders for Moncton
The Islanders game one performance was stellar. They scored in the first ten seconds of the game and added three more in the opening frame to take a commanding lead and all the momentum that would last the rest of the game. Game two was a bit slower than the opener of the series but Charlottetown still got the job done. They didn’t let two goals being called off slow their roll instead they kept hitting the ice hard in the final frame until they were finally able to take the lead and celebrate once again in front of the home crowd. One thing I was worried about as the Islanders entered the playoffs was the physical side of the post-season. Still without Ben Boyd, the Isles didn’t show a whole lot of grit and tough play coming down the home stretch. Whatever Jim Hulton told his team before the playoffs started fired them up something fierce though as the playoff Islanders are a mean and hard-hitting team. The added energy of Drew Elliott’s return also helped and I’d look for him to continue building as a big piece for this team in the playoffs. Also, watch out for Zachary Roy and Xavier Simoneau tonight as they were huge for the Islanders in games one and two and will look to help sweep the opening round for the Isles tonight.
Playoff Scoring Leaders for Islanders
Roster Update: William Trudeau has been suspended for one game following a late ejection in game two for slew footing.
Once again, the puck drops on game three this evening at 7 pm at the Avenir Centre.
GO ISLES GO!