Pépin has goal and an assist for Charlottetown in first pre-season game
Yan Pavel Laplante scored twice to lead the Charlottetown Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season action.
The win improves Charlottetown’s pre-season record to 2-1.
Matt Bursey, Alexis Pépin and Nathan Yetman also scored in the win in North Sydney, N.S. Bradley Kennedy, Ryan Graves, Kameron Kielly, Daniel Sprong, Marco Sedlar and Pépin had assists.
Charles-Eric Legare had two goals and an assist for the Eagles while Jeremy Beaudry had a goal and an assist and Francis Brunelle had the other marker.
Cape Breton led 2-0 after the first period despite being outshot 14-6. The game was tied 3-3 through 40 minutes, but Charlottetown outscored the host team 2-1 in the final stanza for the victory.
Antoine Bibeau made 20 saves for the win while Alex Bureay stopped 31 shots in the loss.
The Islanders were 2-for-8 with the man advantage while the Screaming Eagles were 1-for-4.
Former P.E.I. Rocket goalie Maxime Lagace, who was traded to Cape Breton in the off-season, did not dress. He is dealing with a mild concussion.
Charlottetown is back in game action Sept. 4 when it travels to Moncton for a 6 p.m. contest.
They wrap up the pre-season with home games on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. against Cape Breton and on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. against Acadie-Bathurst.
The Islanders begin their regular season Sept. 13 at home against the defending Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads.