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Hulton Earns Win Number 200 as Isles Defeat Mooseheads

February 13, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan (right) vs. the Halifax Mooseheads
Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan (right) vs. the Halifax Mooseheads
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It was a record-setting night in Halifax for Jim Hulton, Colten Ellis, and the rest of the Charlottetown Islanders.

When the buzzer sounded on today's 3-0 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads, Ellis moved in to a tie for third place in QMJHL history with his 15th career shutout, while Jim Hulton picked up his 200th career victory behind the bench.

"We had to grind it out today as it took a while to get our legs going," said Hulton on his team's victory. "Our play away from the puck was much improved and we stuck with the plan throughout the game."

Between the pipes, Hulton pointed to Ellis' performance in the third period as a key to the victory, along with the team's special teams.

"Colten was terrific in the third when Halifax pushed hard to get back into the game, and we had some timely penalty kills." He added.

The animosity that has built between these two teams boiled over in the first period and set the Islanders back early. After a hard hit by Kyle Petten on Braeden Virtue, Zac Beauregard took a high shot on Petten after the whistle. It created a raucous behind the Islanders net and once the dust settled, Beauregard was assessed a match penalty for high-sticking, to go along with a game misconduct. Already dressing just 11 forwards, the Isles found themselves down to 10 forwards and 7 defenders for the reminder of the game.

Despite being undermanned, the Islanders continued to push forward and the scoring deadlock was broken early in the second by Brett Budgell. Nice puck movement in the Mooseheads zone pulled the Halifax defenders out of position just long enough for the Islanders captain to get his stick on a rebound in front of Alexis Gravel and put it behind the veteran netminder. For Budgell, that would be his fifth goal of the season.

Charlottetown would continue to push in the second period and crack the scoresheet once again, this time off the stick of Noah Laaouan. The Halifax native would silence his hometown crowd and bring his family to their feet, receiving a great pass from Patrick Guay in the high slot and unloading a cannon of a wrister from the slot. The goal would be Laaoaun's fourth of the season and would send the Isles into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.

From there, Ellis would shut the door in what has become almost commonplace for the Isles. The St. Louis Blues prospect would make 10 more saves in the final frame to hold the fort, while Drew Elliott would tack on an empty-netter, as Ellis would expand on his career season with the fourth shutout of his season, establishing a single-season high by any Islanders netminder.

There's little turnaround time for the Islanders as they move along to Cape Breton to take on the Eagles tomorrow at 3:00pm. You can catch the action at any of our five viewing partners, watching along on Eastlink Community TV, or by tuning in to Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio!

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Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan (right) vs. the Halifax Mooseheads
Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan (right) vs. the Halifax Mooseheads


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