Charlottetown Islanders vs. Chicoutimi Sagueneens
With momentum still riding high in their dressing room, the Charlottetown Islanders welcome another team feeling their own fair share of momentum, the young Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
The Islanders (14-23-2-1) picked up their first victory of 2023 against the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night, a game in which the Islanders have been heralded for their effort after falling behind by two goals early in the first period before scoring four straight goals en route to the victory.
In Chicoutimi, the Sagueneens (22-20-2-0) have been one of the QMJHL’s hottest teams with six wins in their past seven games, including a 5-3 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan just last night. One of the QMJHL’s younger squads, the Sagueneens ice four 2006-born players, who represent both the present and the future of the team.
Simon Hughes will serve a one-game suspension following his checking to the head match penalty on Wednesday night. The status of forwards Jarrett Todd, Brett Arsenault, and Alexis Michaud remains unknown at this time.
Forward Jeremy Leroux and defenseman Peteris Bulans both sat out last night due to injury. Leroux has not played since January 6th while Bulans won’t be on the ice until March after suffering a broken clavicle.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
- Joel Marchon brought the Islanders fans to their feet on Wednesday, scoring twice in the victory over the Wildcats. With the Islanders needing an offensive spark, the team is hopeful that this could be the start of an outbreak for Marchon.
- Ross Campbell picked up another assist in the victory Wednesday, his fourth point in nine games this season. Campbell has made a strong impression after being called up to the Islanders for the remainder of the season.
- Maxim Massé continues to prove that he’s one of the QMJHL’s premiere young players. The third overall pick in the 2022 QMJHL Draft leads all rookies with 42 points in 41 games, including an assist against the Titan last night.
- One of the other top-flight young players for Chicoutimi is Thomas Desruisseaux. Acquired from the Cape Breton Eagles during the holiday trading period, Desruisseaux has been lights out with 13 points in 11 games with the Sagueneens.
SERIES AT A GLANCE
Charlottetown shutout the Sagueneens 5-0 in their only other matchup this season on October 27th.
WATCH AND LISTEN
All the action from the Eastlink Centre can be heard live on Max 93.1! Join George Matthews and Cory Arsenault for the pre-game show starting at 6:45pm.
Online video stream
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