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Red-hot Islanders go for seven straight against flailing Mooseheads

There are few teams in the QMJHL that have been hotter than the Charlottetown Islanders as of late.

Having not lost a game since February 16th, the Islanders put their six-game win streak on the line tonight when they take on the Halifax Mooseheads at the Eastlink Centre.

The Islanders (33-25-5-0) have seemingly scored at will lately with 24 goals in their last 4 games, all victories by a score of 6-2. The offense continues to be distributed evenly throughout the lineup with all players sharing the workload. In the team’s last victory it was Drew Johnston, Zac Beauregard, Cedric Desruisseaux, and Cole Edwards who all pitched in with multi-point efforts.

Desruisseaux in particular has caught fire in March, having recorded three straight multi-point games in March. The forward, who recently turned 20 on March 3rd, is now scoring at the best rate of his QMJHL career, recording 0.73 points-per-game this season.

Another player who has quietly started racking up points is Lukas Cormier. The smooth-skating defenseman has recorded 12 points in his past 11 games and now sits inside the top-20 among all defensemen in points despite sporting a shooting percentage of just 3.6% and missing all of November with a lower-body injury.

Jacob Goobie got the start last game and turned in a sterling performance, stopping 38 of 40 shots from the Sea Dogs. Among rookie goaltenders who have appeared in at least ten games, Goobie sits fifth in save percentage, sporting a .886 in 16 appearances.

Meanwhile the team at the other end of the ice is heading in the opposite direction. The Mooseheads (19-38-3-2) have lost eight straight games and are in danger of missing the playoffs just the second time in the past ten years, currently sitting six points behind the Gatineau Olympiques for the final playoff spot.

This will be the final game that former Islander Kevin Gursoy will play in front of the Eastlink Centre crowd. The over-age forward, who was traded to Halifax during the 2020 Christmas trading period, has enjoyed personal success with the Mooseheads as he’s recorded 12 goals and 27 points in 29 games in Halifax. Gursoy is currently riding a seven-game point streak and as recorded at least a point in 11 of his past 12 games. The forward from Windsor, Ontario was originally acquired by the Islanders ahead of the 2018-2019 season and recorded 26 goals and 66 points in 97 games in Charlottetown.

Today is Toonie Tuesday! Tickets for adults and seniors are just $8 (four toonies) while student and youth tickets are just $4 (two toonies). If you’re a female hockey player, join us for just a toonie! Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com

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