The Islanders released 13 players from their training camp following their fourth pre-season game versus the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Cornwall, PEI. Nine players from the rookie portion of their training camp will continue with the team.
Those nine players joining the veterans this week at training camp include Jacob Goobie (goalie, 2003), Chad Arsenault (goalie, 2002), William Trudeau (defence, 2002), Anthony Hamel (defence, 2002), Oscar Plandowski (defence, 2003), Kieran Gallant (forward, 2002), Patrick LeBlanc (forward, 2002), Justin Gill (forward, 2003) and Gaetan Jobin (forward, 2001).
The following 13 players were released from the Islanders training camp on Saturday evening.
Nolan Boyd (goalie, 2001), Isaak Pelletier (goalie, 2001), Jack Tucker (defence, 2000), Dell Welton (defence, 2002), Zac Arsenault (defence, 2001), Matt McQuaid (defence, 2003), Landon Clow (forward, 2002), Max Chisholm (forward, 2003), Alex Graham (forward, 2003), Curtis Fabbro (forward, 2001), Daniel Kline (forward, 2003), Nathan Kelly (forward, 2002) and Sam Chabot (forward, 2003).
General manager and head coach of the Charlottetown Islanders, Jim Hulton, expressed his thoughts on the last week of training camp which featured rookies and prospects.
“It’s all about getting these players integrated into our system and getting them comfortable with the people and the faces that they’re going to see the next few years here in Charlottetown; we hope to get them ready for a big year, whether it be in midget or junior. Realistically we know that there’s only a small percentage of the players that were here the last week that will make our final roster this season, so there’s definitely a bigger picture in place.”
With the Islanders returning-players now fully present in training camp, Hulton continues to build his roster for the start of the 2019-2020 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) regular season.
“We looked at our training camp as four phases. The first was an introductory rookie camp with the next phase integrating the veterans. The third phase is our exhibition season and the fourth is getting ready to go for our regular season. Tomorrow we start to lay the foundation for what our identity is going to be this year with our work ethic and attention to detail.”
Pre-season game #4: Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4, Charlottetown Islanders 2
The Charlottetown Islanders tangled with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the APM Centre in Cornwall, PEI on Saturday afternoon in front of a near capacity crowd.
It was the second time the Islanders and Titan squared off in pre-season play, the other meeting on Thursday when the Titan walked away with the 5-2 victory.
Justin Gill got the Isles on the board first, scoring just 1:19 into the game on the power play; assists went to Zac Arsenault and Daniel Kline. The goal was the second of the pre-season for Gill.
The Titan outshot the Isles in the first period, 15-8.
At 11:07 of the second period, both starting goaltenders, Chad Arsenault for Charlottetown, and Tristan Berube for Acadie-Bathurst, exited the game. Arsenault was exceptionally strong for the Islanders, stopping all 25 shots he faced, many in spectacular fashion. Justin Goobie entered the game in goal for the Isles while Felix-Anthony Ethier took over for the Titan.
The Titan tied things up at 18:08 of the second period when Anderson MacDonald fired a shot over the blocker of Goobie from the left slot; Shawn Element was credited with the assist.
Acadie-Bathurst kept on pressuring the young Islanders roster, scoring again just 1:18 later when Michael Oliver put the Titan ahead 2-1 at 19:26.
The Titan held a 35-13 shot advantage over the Islanders after two periods, outshooting Charlottetown in the second, 20-5.
The Isles would not quite however. At 10:23 of the third period Max Chisholm tied the game for Charlottetown, knotting the game at 2-2; Nathan Kelly recorded the assist. The goal was the first of the pre-season for Chisholm.
Bathurst would bounce back when Nicolas Kingsbury-Fournier was left all alone out front of the Islanders net, firing a shot from the high-slot, low-blocker side, to put the Titan up 3-2 at 13:18.
The Titan would put the game out-of-reach when Evan MacKinnon scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining; Anderson MacDonald and Shawn Element earned assists.
Following the game, Jim Hulton was pleased with the effort displayed by the young Islanders squad.
“I liked the last two games for us. We played veteran lineups from Bathurst so it’s been a good evaluation for us. I was really proud with how our kids battled and persevered and kept pushing back. Down 2-1, tired after playing four games in six days for a lot of these kids, we were really happy and feel the future is very bright for our organization. When you see a team that’s only missing a handful of guys where our roster had only five or six guys that will be in our lineup this year, it’s a really good measuring stick. The nice part about this time of year is it’s never about the results, it’s all about the process.”
Isles goaltender, Justin Goobie, stopped 19 of 22 shots faced after entering the game cold in the second period. Hulton has been impressed by the quality of goaltending the Islanders have received during their four pre-season games to-date.
“We’ve been blessed all camp with great goaltending. It’s going to make for some difficult decisions. It’s a nice problem to have as you can never have too many quality goalies.”
Acadie-Bathurst Titan goaltenders Tristan Berube (stopped 8-of-9 shots) and Felix-Anthony Ethier (stopped 13 of 14 shots) combined for the victory. Acadie-Bathurst improve to 3-1 during the 2019 pre-season while the Isles drop to 1-3.
The Titan outshot the Islanders in the game, 48-23 (15-8, 20-5 and 13-10) while going 0/2 on the power play.
The Islanders were 1-for-7 on the power play in Saturday’s game.
Bathurst won 33 face-offs in the game while Charlottetown won 30. The Titan out-hit the Islanders in the game, 12-8.
The Charlottetown Islanders return to action on Friday, September 6 when they visit the Saint John Sea Dogs at 7pm. The Sea Dogs are 2-2 this pre-season, including a 6-3 win over the Islanders on August 18.
The Isles will play their next home pre-season game on Sunday, September 8 at 3pm versus the Moncton Wildcats at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague, PEI.
Season tickets are still on sale for the 2019-2020 Charlottetown Islanders regular season. For more information, visit www.charlottetownislanders.com or call 902-892-7349.
The Charlottetown Islanders 2019 home opener takes place on Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm when the Isles host the Moncton Wildcats at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.