Antoine Bibeau recorded his first shutout of the season as the Charlottetown Islanders delivered a 4-0 shellacking of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Eastlink Centre Saturday night.
Bibeau also tallied an assist in a win that saw the Islanders hold onto a second period goal before dishing out three more in a breakout third period.
Captain Jack Nevins, who registered a goal and assist, described the team’s first game back after Christmas as a fresh start.
“It feels great, it’s a big weight lifted off us,” said Nevins. “I talked to the boys before the game and said it’s basically a fresh start in here. We’ve got some new faces, got rid of some guys and now we have to start off the second half of the year like we did at the beginning.”
The team, which has seen several roster changes in the past week, looked like a fresh squad as it battled through the Titan defense.
Forward Alexis Pepin struck first for the Islanders during a power play at 9:10 in the second period.
While the Islanders held onto the slight lead going into the third period, it wasn’t long before the offensive floodgates opened.
Nevins scored during a rush with linemate Daniel Sprong at 3:50.
“We had to put the game out of reach and we capitalized on those two-on-ones,” said Sprong during a post-game interview.
Sprong later assisted Alexandre Goulet’s goal at 11:29 before then scoring himself at 12:37 to seal the game.
Nevins said the team knew it had to get over a habit of slowing down in the third period in order to get the win.
“We’ve blown a lot of leads in the third and we just said ‘listen we’ve got to finish games’,” said Nevins. “We had to come out hot and it worked good for us tonight.”
Charlottetown’s other assists were scored by Anthony Cortese, Kameron Kielly and Kevin Laliberte.
The Islanders will now travel to Bathurst to face the Titan again at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Sprong said continuing to put pucks to the net will be key to beating the Titan on the road.
“It feels great. Everyone’s confidence is going. We’re back on track and know how we have to play to get wins,” he said.
Bathurst netminder Jacob Brennan stopped 18 of Charlottetown’s shots, while Bibeau made 30 saves for the shutout.
The Islanders have a 15-19-1-4 record in the QMJHL.