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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The Charlottetown Islanders wish to get again on monitor on residence ice this week.
The Islanders, who’ve misplaced 4 video games in a row, host back-to-back contests within the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) at Eastlink Centre that can have big implications on the playoff race.
The Islanders entertain the Saint John Sea Canine on March 14 and the Cape Breton Eagles on March 15. Each contests start at 7 p.m.
They’re the Islanders’ first residence video games since Feb. 26.
“It’s been an extended stretch away from our personal rink with apply occasions and video games (because of the Canada Winter Video games and preparation for this week’s Cavendish Farms College Cup),” stated Islanders common supervisor and head coach Jim Hulton. “With solely three residence video games left on the docket, it’s good to be again.
“Within the playoff hunt, each sport is necessary, and these two arising are particularly so.”
“With solely three residence video games left on the docket, it’s good to be again. Within the playoff hunt, each sport is necessary, and these two arising are particularly so.” – Jim Hulton
The Islanders, who sit at 24-30-6-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), enter this week’s play within the eighth and remaining playoff place within the Japanese Convention. Charlottetown, nonetheless, is one again level of the Eagles after dropping 5-1 and 3-2 (time beyond regulation) choices to Cape Breton in Sydney, N.S., final weekend.
The Islanders are additionally 4 factors again of the sixth-place Baie-Comeau Drakkar (27-31-3-2) with two video games in hand.
The Sea Canine (22-36-4-1) are ninth within the convention, six factors behind the Islanders, who had received 5 video games in a row earlier than their current slide.
“We hit an actual good group in Sherbrooke (a 7-2 loss March 3) after which had a little bit of fatigue in Shawinigan (a 6-2 loss within the group’s third sport in three days March 4), however the disappointing sport was the primary one in Cape Breton,” stated Hulton.
“I didn’t assume we performed very nicely in any respect; it was certainly one of our worst video games of the season. We bounced again however weren’t ok in Recreation 2.”
Hulton feels this week’s video games in opposition to Saint John and Cape Breton will come right down to whoever executes the perfect. The Islanders and Sea Canine will see a number of one another as they play 3 times over the following 10 days.
With the College Cup happening at Eastlink Centre March 16-19, the Islanders are on the highway for video games in opposition to the Moncton Wildcats (31-28-1-2) on March 17 and the Sea Canine on March 19.
Charlottetown’s remaining residence sport of the common season is in opposition to Saint John on March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Jason Simmonds is a sports activities editor with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. He might be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @JpsportsJason.