Published on October 12, 2013
Newly appointed team captain Jack Nevins blasts a shot on goal during first period action Friday at Eastlink Centre against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The team was wearing special pink jerseys that were raffled off as part of the team's fundraising work for the battle against breast cancer
Published on October 12, 2013
Yan Pavel Laplante lets out yell of satisfaction after scoring the team's second goal while Deverick Ottereyes comes in for the celebration after assisting on the play during first period action Friday. The Charlottetown Islanders were playing against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The Islanders were wearing custom pink jerseys in support of breast cancer fundraising.
Charlottetown lets two-goal lead slip away as Cape Breton comes back to post QMJHL victory
The Charlottetown Islanders let one slip away Friday night in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
They scored the first two goals of the game, before the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles replied with three straight to win 3-2 in front of 2,890 fans at the Eastlink Centre.
Islanders' defenceman Troy Vance said the momentum started to swing at the end of the first period with the home side up 2-1.
"We came to the locker room maybe too high on our pedestal and lost focus and we only had three shots in the second," he said. "That's just not good enough."
Kameron Kielly gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead on the power play three minutes into the game. Julien Leduc kept the puck in at the blue-line and fed it to Kielly in the slot. He went upstairs to give the team and early lead. Yan-Pavel Laplante scored six minutes later after kicking the puck to his stick.
The Islanders had a couple of shots to take a 3-0 lead, but Cape Breton goalie Alex Bureau turned each opportunity aside.
Kyle Farrell scored on the power play coming out of the corner with eight minutes to play in the first period. It seemed to spark the Screaming Eagles, who carried the momentum into the middle stanza and outshot the Islanders 18-3.
"We got away from our systems, started floating and looking to cheat offensively and it didn't work for us," said Islanders' winger Jack Nevins, who was wearing the C for the first time after being named captain on Thursday.
Julien Pelletier tied it with 3:29 left in the second while killing a penalty. A turnover behind the Islanders' net led to a quick pass from Farrell to Pelletier, who notched his seventh of the season.
The Islanders went 1-for-4 on the power play, but had trouble moving the puck and getting set up in the offensive zone. It iced the puck twice on the same power play.
"Everybody just has to be on the same page," Vance said. "Obviously, attention to detail wasn't there today. It has to be better tomorrow for practice" and Sunday in Saint John, N.B.
Timothé Simard tipped in a shot for the game-winning goal with 7:20 to go in the third period. Bradley Lalonde and Justin Haché had the assists.
"It was a good play by Lalonde and I just tipped it," Simard said. "I was pretty excited. That's my first goal of the year, too. It's a good win for the team."
The sting of the loss was evident in the Islanders' faces after the game.
"There's not a guy in that room that's not disappointed right now," Vance said. "Everybody has to do their part and tonight I think everybody knows they didn't get the job done."
The Islanders wore pink jerseys during the game in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
"It was a special night," said Nevins. "It's for good a good cause and it's too bad we couldn't get a win tonight."
Charlottetown - 2
Cape Breton - 3
Charlottetown - Kameron Kielly and Yan-Pavel Laplante.
Cape Breton - Kyle Farrell, Julien Pelletier and Timothé Simard.
Charlottetown - Julien Leduc, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Deverick Ottereyes and Matej Beran.
Cape Breton - Charles-Eric Legare, Jason Bell, Kyle Farrell, Bradley Lalonde and Justin Hache.
Charlottetown - Antoine Bibeau, 35 saves on 38 shots
Cape Breton - Alex Bureau, 29 saves on 31 shots.
Charlottetown - 1-for-4.
Cape Breton - 1-for-3.
Charlottetown - 7-2-0-1.
Cape Breton - 5-3-0-2.
1. Kyle Farrell
2. Alex Bureau
3. Yan-Pavel Laplante
Charlottetown - Sunday at 3 p.m. at Saint John Sea Dogs.
Cape Breton - Sunday at 4 p.m. hosting Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.