Wildcats shootout win crushes Islanders comeback

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Mike Dipaolo of the Charlottetown islanders and Reid Halabi of the Moncton Wildcats throw off the gloves to mix it up in a fight during QMJHL action in Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Wednesday night.

The Moncton Wildcats survived a third-period comeback by the Charlottetown Islanders and won a 5-4 shootout decision Wednesday at Eastlink Centre.

JC Campagna made good in the shootout after being stopped by Isles goalie Antoine Bibeau on a penalty shot late in overtime of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.

Moncton goes to 16-17-0-2 record, good for 11th overall and third place in the Maritimes Division.

Charlottetown dropped to 13-16-1-4 and is 13th overall and fourth in the Maritimes. 

Worse, the Isles losing streak continues and is at nine straight games.

Moncton had a 4-2 lead five minutes into the third period on goals by Cameron Yarwood, Christophe Lalonde, Conor Garland and Josh Pugsley.

But scores by Alexis Pépin and Jack Nevins brought the Isles to a 4-4 draw with five minutes left.

Overtime solved nothing and in the shootout, neither Daniel Sprong, Pépin or Matej Beran solved Moncton tender Alex Dubeau, who stopped 42-of-46, shots and upped his record to 16-15-0-2.

In the shootout Bibeau faced Campagna, who scored, and Lalonde, who didn't. Bibeau kicked aside 28-of-32 shots but fell to went to 7-11-1-4.

Anthony Cortese and Ryan Graves had the other Isles goals. 

Next up, Charlottetown hosts the Saint John Sea Dogs (7-22-0-3) on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.

Organizations: Eastlink Centre, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Maritimes Division

Geographic location: Moncton, Charlottetown

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