Rocket shut-out Phoenix

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Provencher, Pépin score in P.E.I. win

Antoine Bibeau stopped all 23 shots he faced Saturday night as the P.E.I. Rocket recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2003-04.

The Rocket defeated the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix 2-0 in front of 1,911 fans at the Charlottetown Civic Centre a night after defeating Moncton 5-0 with Maxime Lagace recording the shutout.

“I thought the team played very well,” Bibeau said. “I didn’t steal the game tonight. They just played good defensively.”

It was Bibeau's second shutout of the season.

Victor Provencher scored the winner with 18 seconds to go in the first period. He was rewarded for driving hard to the net.

“I didn’t even see (the puck). I just put my stick on the ice and it went in,” he said.

Alexis Pépin added an insurance goal on the power play in the third. Erik Robichaud, Josh Currie and Jimmy Oligny had assists on the night as the Rocket improved to 9-4.

Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 28 saves as the Phoenix drop to 2-10-0-1.

I thought the team played very well Antoine Bibeau, Rocket goaltender

“Our goaltending was solid this weekend,” coach Gordie Dwyer said. “I thought Maxime Lagace played excellent against Moncton on the road and Antoine answered the bell today.”

The last time the Rocket recorded shutouts in consecutive games was in the first season in Charlottetown when Ryan Mior and Jonathan Boutin turned the feat.

P.E.I. is back in action Thursday when it host Chicoutimi at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Rocket winger Matej Beran appeared to sprain his wrist in the first period and was gone for the rest of the game. The team juggled their lines with Provencher and Louick Marcotte both seeing time with the top unit.

The evening was also pink out the rink night to raise funds and awareness for the Atlantic chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. A total of $6,145 was raised.

Organizations: Sherbrooke Phoenix 2, Charlottetown Civic Centre, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Geographic location: Phoenix, Moncton, Charlottetown

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  • David Tierney
    October 23, 2012 - 10:04

    Where are you from,, I dont need a history lesson from you, if you read my comment properly, i stated Confederation was established in 1867, just as you had stated, and yes i know that PEI did not join until 1873, also i was at the event at the Charlottetown Forum in 1973 to celebrate the 100 yr birthday of PEI joining. And i think that the name Riptide sounds even more childish than the Islander name, sounds like an Atom hockey league name, LOL, same as Anaheim Mighty Ducks, i always thought that name was sooooo foolish for a team name considering , everytime i see the jersey, i cant help but think of the kids movie Mighty Ducks... absolutely horrendous name for a bunch of grown men displaying physical play, and to have a name referring to a movie about a kids hockey team... ridiculous, how do you like those apples. BTW im always available to learn more history.

  • David Tierney
    October 21, 2012 - 15:04

    Ok you can stop calling them Rocet now,i mean it seems so stupid to go through the process of choosing a new name, and to keep referring to them as the rocket, when the new Jersey says Islanders, which i personally believe was a stupid choice, when you consider, confederates should have been the new name, it makes perfect sense for Confederates, after all..in the dictionary it is described as a league.. DUH!, also " Confederation" was established in 1867 in Charlottetown where the team plays out of, so i do feel the name chose is not a good pick... just my opinion

    • Whereareyoufrom
      October 21, 2012 - 18:15

      Where are you from? I, myself voted for Riptide, but will accept the majority vote of Islanders. FYI, Canada was born in 1867. The boys were in Charlottetown in 1864 to prepare all the rules & regulations. PEI declined to join Canada at that time and only decided to join it in 1873. We, PEI have been a funded Province ever since. Go Rocket Go, you are playing fantastic hockey. And next year it will be Go Islanders Go.

  • Ace Freely
    October 21, 2012 - 03:02

    another hard fought win by the boys tonight. This team is going to go places! Go Rocket Go!