Isles Sweep Rivalry Weekend with Second Straight Victory over Sea Dogs
As Rivalry Week comes to a close for the Charlottetown Islanders, they return home with a clean sweep over the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Lukas Cormier continued his hot stretch with two assists and Nikita Alexandrov scored the game-winner as the Isles defeated the Sea Dogs 4-2 for back-to-back victories over their Maritime Division rivals.
Brett Budgell kicked off the scoring on the powerplay. Coming off a career-high four points the night before, the Paradise, Newfoundland native tracked a loose puck that came loose from Zachary Bouthillier's grasph. He crashed the net and banged the puck in for his fifth goal of the season and sixth point in the past three games.
The Isles would take that one-goal lead into the first intermission but would extend it early in the second. Lukas Cormier saved a broken play by leaping to bat the puck out of the air and keeping it alive in the offensive zone. He'd start a pretty tic-tac-toe play with Patrick Leblanc and ultimately finished by Drew Johnston. For Johnston, that would be his second goal of the season.
The powerplay came alive for the Isles again later in the period, and it was Alexandrov with the tally. his eighth of the season was eerily similar to his goal last night, a quick shot that stayed on the ice and found it's way in between the legs of Bouthillier. That would be Alexandrov's eighth goal of the season.
After a slow start to the season, Charlottetown's powerplay has been lethal this week. That goal would make six powerplay goals since Wednesday's loss to Cape Breton.
"Our special teams were instrumental in securing tonight's win." said Islanders head coach Jim Hulton regarding his team's powerplay.
Thomas Casey would extend the Isles lead to four before the midway mark of the second period thanks to a snipe from the slot before the Sea Dogs began making a comeback. It would be the team captain, Nicolas Guay, who would make the Isles pay on back-to-back powerplays. The over-age forward would record his fourth and fifth goals of the season on similar powerplay opportunities to bring the Dogs within two before the end of the second period.
The Dogs almost climbed back within one in the third. Will Villeneuve would direct a puck towards the net and Josh Lawrence would get a foot on it and direct it past Welsh and in. After an extensive review, however, the referees determined that Lawrence made a distinct kicking motion with his foot and called the goal back.
That would be as close as Saint John would get, and the Isles would secure their ninth win of the season.
Alexandrov also recorded a multi-point game, while Noah Laaouan, Kevin Gursoy, Patrick Leblanc, and Gaetan Jobin each recorded single assists in the victory. Matthew Welsh made 23 saves en route to his sixth victory of the season.
"We had a great effort tonight to wrap up a highly-successful 6 games in 8 days," said Hulton. "Despite obvious fatigue, the team dug deep and found a way to win. This stretch fuels our confidence as we head on our first extended road trip."
Lukas Cormier left the game in the third period with a lower body injury. An update will be provided at a later date.
From here, the Isles head on the road for their first Quebec road swing of the season. It kicks off Thursday night in Blainville when they take on the Armada. They're back home on November 1st when they welcome Alexis Lafreniere and the Rimouski Oceanic to town. Tickets are available now by visiting the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com.
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Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Stories from October 19, 2019
- Isles Sweep Rivalry Weekend with Second Straight Victory over Sea Dogs - Charlottetown Islanders
- Eagles Romp to 8-2 Victory in Weekend Sweep over Mooseheads - Cape Breton Eagles
- Special Teams the Decider in Sea Dogs Loss to Islanders - Saint John Sea Dogs
- Islanders and Sea Dogs Wrap up Rivalry Week Tonight at Harbour Station - Charlottetown Islanders
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