Guay Busts out and Goobie Stands Tall as Isles Declaw the Eagles
You might say that Patrick Guay had a quiet start to his Islanders tenure, picking up a handful of assists in his first few games in the Black and Harvest Goal.
It's safe to say he made some noise today.
The 18-year-old star forward recorded his first two goals as a Charlottetown Islander, which ultimately made the difference against the Cape Breton Eagles. Guay's two tallies, along with a goal and an assist from Noah Laaouan, propelled the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Eagles despite a high penalty count for the Islanders.
"The storyline tonight was our penalty kill and goaltending," said Islanders head coach Jim Hulton on the win. "We took many needless penalties, but our killers did an outstanding job."
Hulton was quick to give a nod to 17-year-old netminder Jacob Goobie as a key cog of today's success. The young goalie made 26 saves en route to his fourth victory of the year and came up big on a number of occasions.
"Usually your goalie is one of your best penalty killers and that was certainly the case today as Goobie was outstanding," Hulton added.
Guay's first goal came fairly early in the first period; after Braeden Virtue forced the Eagles breakout to falter, Guay picked the pocket of Felix Pare and quickly whipped a shot on goal, beating Eagles starter William Grimard low for what would be his third goal of the season.
He wasn't done there, however, as he'd pick up a great pass from Laaouan almost immediately at the beginning of the second period and take off, driving a clear lane between the defense and sniping on Grimard once again to give the Isles a two-goal lead.
Dawson Stairs would pull the Eagles within one midway through the period but Laaouan would get back in on the offense in an unconventional way. While playing shorthanded Keiran Gallant would force a turnover behind the Eagles net and poke the puck into the slot. Laaouan would uncork a slapshot, exploding his stick in the process. The change-up shot fooled Grimard as it trickled between his legs and into the net. The lucky break would restore the Isles two-goal lead at 3-1.
Brett Budgell would keep the offense going before the end of the period, finishing off a nice passing play by tapping the puck low to the left of Grimard, giving the captain goals in back-to-back games and sending the Isles into the locker room with a 4-1 lead.
That goal would officially put things out of reach. Sam Oliver and Felix Pare would trade goals in the third and the Isles would earn redemption for the loss suffered to the Eagles last week.
Thomas Casey would add two assists while Cedric Desruisseaux also picked up a helper. Stairs and Pare each finished with a goal and a helper, while Liam Kidney had two assists for the Eagles.
Hulton would add that despite back-to-back victories, there are still things that his team has to work on.
"We're satisfied with the results of the weekend but we have many areas of our game to improve."
The Isles head back home now for a rare Tuesday matchup against the Halifax Mooseheads. Watch along at any of our five viewing partners across Charlottetown, or by tuning in to Eastlink Community TV! Wanna just listen from home? George Matthews and Cory Arsenault will have the call on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio!
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Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Stories from February 14, 2021
- Guay Busts out and Goobie Stands Tall as Isles Declaw the Eagles - Charlottetown Islanders
- Eagles Fall 5-2 to Islanders on Sunday in Sydney - Cape Breton Eagles
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