Charlottetown Islanders forward Bradley Kennedy beats Cape Breton Screaming Eagles goalie Maxime Lagace five-hole to win the shootout for the home team Saturday night in Charlottetown.
Rookie Bradley Kennedy went five-hole to give the Charlottetown Islanders a 3-2 shootout victory over the Cape Breton Eagles Saturday at the Eastlink Centre.
Nathan Yetman congratulated his teammate with a towel full of shaving cream in the face as he did interviews with the media afterwards.
“Whip cream would be a little better,” Kennedy laughed afterwards.
The Antigonish, N.S., native said it was exciting to play a big part in the team’s second win of the season in front of an announced crowd of 2,382.
“Chills just came to me right away. It doesn’t even feel like it happened, like a dream almost,” the right-winger said.
The goal came after Charlottetown Islanders goalie Antoine Bibeau and his former teammate Maxime Lagace, now patrolling the Eagles’ crease, had stopped each of the first five shooters.
Before Kennedy’s attempt it appeared Cape Breton had taken the lead on Nicholas Dozzi’s shot, but after a lengthy review officials ruled no goal as the net came off before the puck crossed the goal-line.
“I made the save and then the puck just (went) in the net slowly, but the post was off the (mooring),” Bibeau explained.
He arrived in Charlottetown in the wee hours of Saturday morning after attending the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp.
“I had a little practice this morning just to receive some shots and I was ready for the game,” said Bibeau, who made 39 saves in the victory. “I was excited for my first game. It’s a really good feeling to win with all the boys and the fans were amazing.”
Matt Bursey short-handed and Anthony Cortese on the power play accounted for the Islanders’ goals in regulation. Kameron Kielly, Daniel Sprong, Cole Hutchinson and Jack Nevins had assists.
“I just faked a shot, went around Max and slid it in,” Bursey said.
“Max played a really good game. You have to give him credit coming into his old barn.”
Lagace, who was traded the night before the QMJHL draft earlier this year, stopped 30 shots in his return to Charlottetown.
“As soon as I hit the bridge, it felt a little weird to come back,” he said. “It was nice to see everybody. It would have been nice to get a win tonight, but we worked hard and I think we deserved it. Bibs played well, so it was nice.”
Lagace is enjoying his new surroundings in Sydney, N.S., and is looking forward to a rebound season.
“Last year, I didn’t have the season, for sure, that I wanted. I want to bounce back,” he said. “We’re young but it’s going to be a fun year. I think mentally I am more mature.”
Jason Bell and Julien Pelletier scored for Cape Breton with assists from Cameron Darcy and Jeremy Beaudry.