The QMJHL schedule isn’t doing the Halifax Mooseheads any favours this weekend with a pair of big tests against powerful teams. The Herd will visit the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday night before returning to Scotiabank Centre for a Sunday afternoon game against the Shawinigan Cataractes who are tied atop the QMJHL standings.
Nico Hischier and company will try to slow down the hard charging Islanders (33-15-3-0) when they meet up at the Eastlink Centre. The revamped Charlottetown squad has been gaining momentum in the past month, winning four straight and nine of their last 11 games to climb into fourth overall in the standings. The Isles sit fourth but are really only one point behind Shawiningan, Saint John and Rouyn-Noranda for first place. The Mooseheads have played well against Charlottetown this season and hold a 3-2 record against the division rivals. Puck drop is 7pm on Friday. Fans can watch the game on Eastlink TV or listen to News 95.7’s John Moore.
A big crowd is expected at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday at 3pm when the Moose wrap up the two-game season series with Shawinigan. The Cataractes (33-13-3-1) are led by defenceman Samuel Girard whose 56 points is the most in the league by a blueliner. Former Moosehead Cavan Fitzgerald is also have a great season on the back end with 32 points and a league best 13 goals by a defenceman. The Cataractes are one of the few contending teams that didn’t do too much tinkering with their roster at the trade deadline aside from adding veteran forward Cam Askew from the Wildcats. Halifax gets Shawinigan on the tail end of a three-game weekend trip that features stops in Bathurst on Friday and Saint John on Saturday.
Your Mooseheads (24-23-2-3) have a few players on hot streaks heading into the weekend as Hischier has picked up 18 points during an eight-game points streak. Jake Coughler is riding a nine-game streak, scoring six goals and four assists over that span while Otto Somppi has been as good as anyone lately with 11 points in an eight-game streak.
Tickets for Sunday’s game are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or by phone at 902-451-1221.