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Goobie Plays the Hero, Isles Defeat Nationally-Ranked Sagueneens

December 7, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

Jacob Goobie came to Chicoutimi to play.

Playing a nationally-ranked team on a Saturday afternoon, you'd excuse the Islanders for electing to play their veteran netminder. That wasn't the case, as the Isles coaching staff put their faith in the 16-year-old goaltender. It's safe to say they made the right call.

The young netminder made 26 saves this afternoon as he led the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

"The whole room was really happy for Goob," said Isles associate coach Guy Girouard. "He made some big saves at key moments and the team rallied off of that."

The Islanders came out of the gate with some extra pep in their step, showing on-ice that they wouldn't let last night's effort make it's way in to this game. They'd be rewarded for their renewed efforts. Brett Budgell would capitalize early in the first on a relentless forecheck, with the puck finding it's way on to the Newfoundland native's stick and burying it for his 11th goal of the season.

The pressure would keep up all period for the Isles, with Sagueneens starter Alexis Shank being called on often to make big-time saves. Eventually, however, Charlottetown would score once again; on an odd-man rush, Drew Johnston would find a Justin Gill rebound and slide it past Shank. For the 18-year-old Johnston, that would be his sixth goal of the season and give the Islanders a 2-0 lead heading in to the second period.

The Sags would start to claw back early in the second thanks to a powerplay. Artemi Kniazev would float a wrister in from the point that would just barely squeak across the goal line, giving the San Jose Sharks prospect his sixth goal of the season.

The Islanders would try to swing momentum back offensively at the end of the second, but it was the man between the pipes who would keep his team ahead. Jacob Goobie stepped his game up in a big way, making save after save on the big guns for Chicoutimi.

That strong play would continue through the third period. As the Sagueneens pressed hard to tie the game, Goobie remained steadfast, putting an apparent brick wall up between the pipes and giving his team every opportunity to win the game. The Islanders responded defensively, tightening up in their own end and helping their goaltender secure his fourth victory of the season.

Cedric Desruisseaux, Cole Edwards, and Justin Gill would each add assists in the game. Budgell's goal pulls him in to a three-way tie for the team lead with 23 points to this point of the season.

Girouard said the entire team was happy with their performance against such a strong opponent.

"We put forth a total team effort tonight," added Girouard. "Nobody was happy about our game yesterday, and we were ready tonight from the first drop of the puck."

The Isles will wrap up their Quebec road trip tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Victoriaville to take on the Tigres. Puck drop is at 5:00pm Atlantic time. George Matthews and Norman Beck will have the call once again on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio!

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