Casey Scores Twice, But Isles Lose in Overtime to Wildcats
It may be the first game of the season, but Thomas Casey was in mid-season form in the Charlottetown Islanders season opener.
Unfortunately, Casey's two-goal performance was not enough. Eliot Desnoyers scored in extra time as the Moncton Wildcats took a 3-2 overtime victory over the Islanders.
"We played a pretty good team game, but at the end of the day two points is really what matters," said Casey on his performance. "It's tough to come up short, but the best part of this league is that we're back in the saddle tomorrow and hopefully we can get a win."
Casey, the Charlottetown native, scored the first Islanders goal of the season midway through the first period. The tenacious forward, fresh off his stint at Detroit Red Wings training camp, found a puck at the side of the Wildcats net and jammed it past the outstretched pad of Olivier Rodrigue.
The Wildcats would tie the game up in the second period on the powerplay. Kyle Foreman would find a puck in the high slot and wire a wrist shot past Matthew Welsh to tally the first Wildcats goal of the season.
Casey would pull the Islanders ahead in the third period with a strong power move to get inside of a Wildcats defender before tucking the puck past Rodrigue for his second of the game. The lead wouldn't last long though, as Wildcats forward Mika Cyr would bring the game back to even with a quick snap of his wrist.
The chippiness of the game took over in the third period as both teams wrestled for the victory. Lots of big hits and after the whistle shenanigans highlighted a fiesty final twenty minutes.
It took almost the entirety of the five-minute overtime period for a victor to be settled; unfortunately for the Isles, Eliot Desnoyers would take advantage of a tired unit, walking in to the Isles zone and snapping a wrister under the pads of Welsh to give the Wildcats the extra point.
Olivier Rodrigue made 26 saves for his first win as a Wildcat, while Welsh made 24 saves in the loss.
Islanders head coach Jim Hulton noted that, despite sloppiness from both sides that is often associated with early season hockey, he was happy with his team's effort.
"I liked how we pushed back. We made a good push in the third period," said Hulton. "But when you get to overtime anything can happen. You get caught on a long shift and take a tough line change, they're gonna capitalize."
"Overall though, we were satisfied with what we saw."
Neither team has to wait long for their next taste of action, as both teams are back on the ice tomorrow night. For the Islanders, the veteran core will be helping their young rookies put tonight's game past them.
"Islanders hockey is all about bouncing back and getting two points on the weekend," said Casey. "Hopefully we can keep our heads held high, turn the page, and come back tomorrow strong."
"For us it's pretty simple: if you win the game, you walk out with three out of four points on the weekend, that's a pretty good showing," added Hulton. "This one's over with, time to put it behind us, we'll work on some video, and do some team learning in preparation for Halifax."
The Isles are back in action at home tomorrow night against the Halifax Mooseheads! Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com. Don't forget that tomorrow is Cyber Saturday! Use online promo code "2003" to receive your ticket for the same price as a ticket was to the PEI Rocket in 2003!
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