Tonight is gearing up to be one of the biggest games at the Eastlink Centre for the 2021-22 regular season. This evening will mark the first time the Quebec Remparts have been in front of a Charlottetown crowd since October 4th, 2019. Tonight’s bout is also our Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Eastlink Centre and will see the boys swapping out the black and harvest gold for the special black and purple sweater. Isles fans are encouraged to snatch up a spot early to come out and support the fight against cancer and witness your Charlottetown Islanders take on Patrick Roy and the always dangerous Quebec Remparts.
The Islanders enter tonight’s bout feeling pretty good being on a hot five-game win streak and sitting tied in points for the number one spot in the league with the Sherbrooke Phœnix. Still leading the charge for the Isles and at the helm of the league’s points race is Xavier Simoneau. Simoneau enters tonight’s contest with 34 points on the season holding a slim lead in a tight QMJHL points race. Xavier also leads in the league’s assist category sitting with 24 so far this year giving him a little breathing room over Halifax’s Jordan Dumais. Last time out for the Isles was an important 6-2 win against the sliding Acadie-Bathurst Titan, the game was highlighted with Jarrett Todd netting his first career goal and Simoneau’s two-goal effort. There are also a pair of Islanders tied for the lead in game-winning goals to this point of the season an under-viewed but important stat. Rookie Jakub Brabenec and Vegas draftee Lukas Cormier each hold four game-winners under their belts and they’ll be players to watch come the big moments in tonight’s match-up.
This is what head coach Jim Hulton had to say on the team’s readiness for tonight’s bout. “Ya you know what we’re excited, there was a great buzz in the building last week against Acadie and we’re really excited to see a real good Quebec team coming in. Both teams are on a roll and it’s a challenge we’re ready for.”
As for the Quebec Remparts so far this season, things have gotten a bit rockier as time goes on. Last night the Remparts were handed a 4-2 loss by the Moncton Wildcats, the Cats’ have stunned a few so far this year however for a young and rebuilding squad. Quebec currently holds a 13-8-0-0 record, withing those eight losses also come two recent defeats at the hands of bottom of the league Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Cape Breton Eagles. Definitely some disappointing outcomes for the Remparts and their fans but they enter tonight’s contest eager to prove their worth and get the gears to click still somewhat early in the season. Currently guiding the team along is fourth-year veteran Theo Rochette, Theo has accumulated 29 points so far including eleven goals in his most productive season yet.
Can Patrick Roy light a fire in his Remparts to come out strong in what could be a prove their drive and skill game and turn things around, or will Oliver Satny and his league second-best 2.13 GAA close the door and lead the Isles to their sixth straight victory. Jim Hulton is excited and fans should be too as we get set for this Friday night Hockey Fights Cancer showdown. As Vance Cameron would say “It’s time, to get it on, at Charlottetown”, it’s Remparts versus Islanders, puck drops at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre Box Office in person (Monday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm) as well as before game time, online, or by phone at 902.629.6625. Make sure to get your tickets early and come on out to help your boys in black and purple protect the bridge.
GO Isles GO!