© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Charlottetown Islanders Jack Nevins, left, and Kameron Kielly look for a rebound as Cape Breton goalie Alex Bureau makes a save with his wrist during an exhibition game at Charlottetown Civic Centre last night.
A third-period power-play goal by Charlottetown native Kameron Kielly was the winner as the Charlottetown Islanders weathered a late Cape Breton Screaming Eagles flurry for a 5-4 win on Friday at the Civic Centre.
The win gave the Islanders a 3-2 record in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season. Cape Breton fell to 1-4 and 0-2 against the Islanders.
Anthony Cortese (1-1), Jack Nevins (1-1), Daniel Sprong (1-1) and Bradley Kennedy had the other Charlottetown goals.
Kielly arrived on the Island home via trade last month with the Gatineau Olympiques. Friday, the 17-year-old nabbed a rebound in the Eagles crease and shot it past Cape Breton goalie Alex Bureau for a 5-3 lead and his first goal of the exhibition season.
"It's my third game here so it's good to get it at home. Camp is a grind but (you have to) approach it like it's the regular season,'' said Kielly. "We played good, guys blocking shots, everyone competed.''
Jason Bell (2-1) and Cameron Darcy (2-1) had the Eagles goals. Darcy potted the fourth Eagles goal at 19:08 on a 6-on-4 Cape Breton advantage thanks to an Islanders cross checking penalty and pulling Bureau.
Charlottetown native Daryl MacCallum stopped 27-of-31 shots for the win in the Islanders goal while Bureau pushed aside 35-of-40 shots in the Eagles net.
Charlottetown wraps up the pre-season versus Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
The Islanders open the regular season Friday, Sept. 13, against the Memorial Cup champ Halifax Mooseheads. Game time is 7 p.m. at the CCC.