Charlottetown team sees winning streak come to an end
© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Charlottetown Islanders’ Guillaume Rioux-Legault, left, and forward Bradley Kennedy move the puck past Baie-Comeau Drakkar’s Julien Lepage during Sunday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game at Eastlink Centre.
The good news is the Charlottetown Islanders earned a point in its 5-4 shootout decision to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Sunday at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.
The bad news is the Isles blew a four-goal, second-period lead in the process.
Valentin Zykov scored two goals in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game and the shootout winner to break the Islanders five-game winning streak.
Charlottetown took a 4-0 lead in the second period on goals by Matej Beran, Yan Pavel Laplante, Deverick Ottereyes and Daniel Sprong.
But the Drakkar responded with four scores of its own, including three straight goals with a 6-on-5 advantage over a two-minute span while goalie Simon Lemieux manned the bench.
Baie-Comeau tied the game 4-4 with 1.2 seconds left in the third period.
“We got away from our game plan. Stopped worrying about the D-zone and the little things,” said Islanders defenceman Troy Vance, who had two assists in the game.
P.E.I. goes to 5-0-0-1 while the Drakkar upped its mark to 3-2-0-2.
Denis Gorbunov and Frédéric Gamelin had the other Baie-Comeau goals.
In the scoreless first period, leading scorer Jack Nevins was penalized with a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a checking from behind penalty.
Baie-Comeau welcomed the chance and had a 12-2 lead in shots at the first intermission.
In the second frame, the Islanders scored three power-play goals and added a fourth full-strength marker all while peppering Lemieux with 25 shots for what seemed a stout 4-0 lead.
However, the Drakkar had other ideas and fought back, thanks to Zykov’s two regulation goals and the eventual game-winning shootout score.
Zykov, 18, was a second round pick of the L.A. Kings in the 2013 NHL draft.
“It’s our principle, our style, to never give up,” said Zykov, a St. Petersburg, Russia, native, of the Drakkar. “Whatever, we’ll play 60 minutes. That’s pretty much it.”
Charlottetown’s winning streak might be over, but the team is still off to its best start in franchise history, although Vance wasn’t worried about the run before game time.
“It didn’t matter to me. You hear a lot in the newspaper, on websites, there is no streak. (Just) no push back (Sunday),” he said.
Isles goalie Antoine Bibeau stopped 40-of-44 shots in the loss while Lemieux kicked out 29-of-33 shots on the win.
3-of-5 on the power play while Baie-Comeau was 0-for-3.
The Isles begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday versus Gatineau (4-2). Game time is 8:30 p.m. AT.
Sunday’s QMJHL Game
u The Outcome - Baie-Comeau 5 Charlottetown 4 (shootout)
u The Goalscorers - Baie-Comeau: Valentin Zykov 2 (2) and winning goal in shootout, Denis Gorbunov (5), Frédéric Gamelin (3); Charlottetown: Yan Pavel Laplante (3), Deverick Ottereyes (2), Daniel Sprong (2), Matej Beran (2).
u The Assists - Baie-Comeau: Félix Girard (4), Nicolas Leblond (1), Valentin Zykov (3), Gabriel Verpaelst (3), Frédéric Gamelin (3), Julien Lepage (2), Nicolas Meloche (4), Alexis Vanier (7); Charlottetown: Julien Leduc 2 (2), Troy Vance 2 (4), Alexis Pépin 2 (4), Daniel Sprong (4), Matej Beran (4).
u The Goalies - Baie-Comeau: Simon Lemieux, 29-of-33, win (1-0-0-1); Antoine Bibeau, 40-of-44, loss (3-0-0-1).
u Attendance - 2,422 announced.
u Shots By Period - Baie-Comeau: 12-15-14-3, 44; Charlottetown: 2-25-4-2, 33.
u Penalty Minutes - Baie-Comeau: 26; Charlottetown: 25.
u Power Play - Baie-Comeau: 0-for-3; Charlottetown: 3-for-5, 60 per cent.
u Hits - Baie-Comeau: 16; Charlottetown: 24.
u Hit Posts - Baie-Comeau: 22; Charlottetown: 20.
u 50-50 Draw - $1,540.
u Next Up - Charlottetown (5-0-0-1) begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday versus Gatineau (4-2). Game time is 8:30 p.m. AT.