UPDATED: Wildcats score five power-play goal in victory over Charlottetown Islanders

Jason Malloy
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The host Moncton Wildcats scored three goals in the first eight minutes to push the Charlottetown Islanders’ winless streak to six games Sunday in Moncton in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

“They came out of the shute pretty hard,” Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer said. “We, unfortunately, found our way to the penalty box and they were able to get three quick ones.”

The Wildcats went 5-for-8 on the power play during the contest, including scoring twice in the first period with the man advantage.

Antoine Bibeau allowing three goals on five shots before being replaced by Eric Brassard, who stopped 21 of 24 shots.

The Islanders fall to 10-7-0-2 while the Wildcats improved to 9-12-0-1.

Dwyer said a turning point came with about five minutes to play in the second period with the Islanders trailing 4-1.

“We had a goal called back with a guy going hard to the net, but getting pushed into the goaltender,” he said.

Not only did the goal not count, Craig MacLauchlan was assessed a goaltender interference penalty. Ivan Barbashev scored moments later to give the home team a 5-1 lead.

“Regardless of the way they want to officiate the game, we’re going to go to the net hard,” Dwyer said.

J.C. Campagna had a goal and three assists to lead the Wildcats’ attack. Christophe Lalonde had two goals while Conor Garland and Mark Simpson had singles.

Jack Nevins and Alexandre Goulet each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders. Troy Vance and Matej Beran had assists.

Alex Dubeau made 34 saves for the victory.

It was the third loss in as many days for Charlottetown, which also lost 4-2 to the Sea Dogs Saturday in Saint John, N.B.

Saint John’s leading scorer Oliver Cooper had three goals, including an empty-net goal, and an assist. Matthew Highmore had a goal and an assist.

Olivier LeBlanc had two assists while singles went to Thomas Chabot and Morell’s Stephen Anderson.

Nevins and Goulet scored for Charlottetown while Julien Leduc had two assists and Bradley Kennedy and Alexis Pépin had singles.

Sebastien Auger made 46 saves in the victory while Brassard stopped 34 shots.

Forwards Matt Bursey and Yan-Pavel Laplante did not dress for either of the Islanders past two games. Dwyer said Bursey injured his hand in a fight in Friday’s game while the team is looking for more from Laplante.

“We expect him to be better. We want him to be better. We need him to be better for our hockey team this year moving forward,” Dwyer said.

The 18-year-old has six goals and five assists in 15 games this season.

Organizations: Islanders

Geographic location: Moncton, Charlottetown, Quebec New Brunswick

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  • Just Sayin'
    November 04, 2013 - 05:27

    3 games over .500 despite all the hoopla of local ownership, the easy schedule to start the season, the slide begins..

  • huh
    November 03, 2013 - 17:54

    need to sign a couple more "pugilists", apparently.