Lack of Goalscoring Evident Once Again as Isles Lose to Cataractes
The Shawinigan Cataractes weren't going to let a late lead slip away once again.
Jacob Goobie put forth a great performance for the Charlottetown Islanders, giving his team every opportunity to defeat the Cataractes once again; unfortunately, his 22 saves wouldn't be enough as the Cataractes would take a 3-1 victory over the Islanders on a night where the offense couldn't get it going once again.
"It was a similar storyline today: a glaring lack of scoring," said Islanders head coach Jim Hulton on today's game. "We played a very smart road game for our third game in two and a half days, but couldn't capitalize on our chances."
Goobie's night didn't have an ideal start as Shawinigan would score on their first shot of the game. Marc-Antoine Pepin would take a shot from the point that bounced past a screened Goobie, giving Pepin his fourth goal on the year and 2nd this season against Charlottetown.
The Isles would make a push in the second period to get things tied up, coming out of the gates strong with a string of great opportunities. Unfortunately, it would be the Cataractes who are the ones who get on the board. On the powerplay, a broken play leads to Kirill Nizhnikov getting a pass in front to Maxim Trepanier. The over-age forward bangs one past Goobie for his 27th goal of the season and to give the Cataractes a 2-0 lead.
The Islanders would push back hard in the third, coming out with a jump that caused Shawinigan starter Charles-Antoine Lavallee to be on his toes. It took the Isles until late in the period, but they finally got on the board; on a rush in to the offensive zone, Nikita Alexandrov would find Noah Laaouan in the middle of the ice with a wide open path to the net. Laaouan would step into a wrist shot and blow the puck past Lavallee for his third goal of the season, pulling the Islanders back within one.
For the third straight night, the Isles would pull the goalie to gain the extra attacker, but it was all for naught. Charles Beaudoin would get the empty netter and the Cataractes would get a measure of revenge against the Islanders.
Some controversy surrounded the final two minutes of play as the Beaudoin empty-netter appeared to be offside. The referees were steadfast in their decision and after a quick replay the goal stood. Seconds later, Laaouan appeared to score once more; however, the goal was immediately waved off due to an apparent goaltender interference.
Charlottetown returns home with zero points on this road trip, something that won't sit well with the team.
"This was a disappointing trip, but we will now rest, re-group, and re-load for next weekend." added Hulton.
The Isles are back in action next weekend in back-to-back games against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan starting Saturday night in Bathurst before returning home Sunday for Kids Run the Show! Youth from across Prince Edward Island will be taking over the Islanders in-game experience, from the PA Announcer to the in-game host, even to behind the bench! Tickets for that game are on sale at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com.
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