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Isles Back on Winning Ways After Defeating Moose on Friday Night

April 9, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release

And so a new winning streak begins for the Charlottetown Islanders.

Just two nights after their 15-game winning streak comes to an end at the hands of the Halifax Mooseheads, the Isles earned their retribution in enemy territory. Thomas Casey and Brett Budgell each picked up three points en route to a 5-1 victory over the Moose in Halifax.

"Tonight was a great bounce back effort from our club," said Islanders head coach Jim Hulton on the victory. "We started tentatively but quickly got back to our preferred style of play. We took control of the game in the second period and played smartly in all areas."

Charlottetown would get the scoring going in an intense first period. Off a turnover inside the Islanders zone, Lukas Cormier streaked in on a 3-on-1. He'd hold and fire, making no mistake on Alexis Gravel for his 15th goal on the season and a 1-0 lead.

Heavy-hitting play from both teams were the highlight of the opening period; Ben Boyd and Mooseheads call-up Dylan Chisholm engaged in a spirited scrap while the teams went back and forth with big hits. Despite the physical play, it remained 1-0 after the first.

Halifax would briefly tie the game thanks to Bobby Orr but the Isles would regain the lead just 45 seconds later. After a great chance in close by Zac Beauregard, Bailey Peach would scoop up the rebound for his seventh goal on the season, restoring that one-goal lead.

From there, Charlottetown wouldn't look back thanks to the usual suspects. Casey returned to top form after his return to the lineup Wednesday night; the scrappy forward would kick off his big night by tapping in a Cédric Desruisseaux pass in the second period before an outstanding effort in the third period to beat out an icing call and bank the puck in off Alexis Gravel. The two goals would give Casey 29 total on the year and chase Gravel from the crease in the final frame.

Budgell would add the final nail in the coffin late in the third with a hard wrister from the slot, adding to his two assists already in the game and sending the Isles back to Charlottetown on a high note.

Colten Ellis made 14 saves for the victory. Beauregard, Desruisseaux, and Patrick Guay would also pick up single helpers.

The Isles return back to home turf Sunday with a matchup against the Cape Breton Eagles. Season Ticket Holders are reminded that the game is Home Game 19. Join us as we honour Kevin Elliott in his final game with the Islanders before joining Hockey Canada!

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