Halifax will welcome another division rival to the Scotiabank Centre tonight when they take on the Charlottetown Islanders for a mid-week matchup. The Mooseheads will be looking to start another win streak after losing to the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon which halted a 3 game win streak. They will be in tough again as Charlottetown comes in as the 5th place team in the QMJHL. Charlottetown is also going to look very different to Moose Country as the Islanders have revamped their roster with 9 newly acquired players through trades and the recently returned Daniel Sprong. Halifax meanwhile will get a big boost with the return of forward Connor Moynihan who has been out for the last month. The Islanders clearly want to make a run for the President’s Cup with so many big name trades during the winter trade period and now have 7 NHL prospects on their team.
This is the fifth meeting between these two teams this season. Charlottetown is 2-2-0-0 against the Mooseheads while Halifax has a 2-2-0-0 record versus the Islanders. The last matchup was December 28 on the island where Maxime Fortier scored the lone goal in a 2-1 defeat and Blade Mann-Dixon made his debut for the Moose with a 40 save performance.
Islanders: 24-13-2-0 = 50 points (2nd in Maritimes division, 5th overall)
Mooseheads: 18-19-1-2 = 39 points (5th in Maritimes division, 12th overall)
HAL: Maxime Fortier 63pts (22G & 41A), Nico Hischier 54pts (26G & 28A), Jake Coughler 32pts (20G & 12A)
CHA: Francois Beauchemin 57pts (28G & 29A), Carl Neill 46pts (10G & 36A), Filip Chlapik 45pts (20G & 25A)
Charlottetown is coming off a 4-3 overtime home defeat at the hands of the Screaming Eagles on Saturday. Adam Marsh led the Islanders with 2 goals while Matthew Welsh made 37 saves on 41 Cape Breton shots to take the loss.
As mentioned above, Halifax is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon. Max Foriter scored the only goal for the Mooseheads while rookie Alexis Gravel made 32 saves to take the defeat in Saint John.
ALUM ON ISLANDERS – Jean-Sebastien Taillefer
October 2 Halifax 2 at Charlottetown 9
October 8 Charlottetown 2 at Halifax 5
November 12 Charlottetown 4 at Halifax 7
December 28 Halifax 1 at Charlottetown 2
January 11 Charlottetown at Halifax – 7pm
February 10 Halifax at Charlottetown – 7pm
February 18 Charlottetown at Halifax – 7pm
March 5 Halifax at Charlottetown – 3pm
March 15 Charlottetown at Halifax – 7pm
OUT OF TOWN
Screaming Eagles vs. Voltigeurs 7:00pm
Wildcats vs. Titan 7:00pm
Olympiques vs. Phoenix 8:30pm
AFTER THE BUZZER
The Mooseheads will stay in Halifax and welcome the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday evening with the return of former coach Dom Ducharme. Puck drops at 7pm.