Special teams were the difference Sunday as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 5-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
“It was a pretty solid effort,” said Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer.
“At the end of the day their power play scored three goals and our power play scored two goals.”
Cameron Darcy’s 22nd of the season came at 7:46 of the third period was the winner in Sydney, N.S.
Charlottetown led 1-0 after the first period, but trailed 3-2 going to the third as the host team potted three goals in the middle stanza with the man advantage.
“I thought we were the better team five-on-five,” Dwyer said. “I thought we generated enough opportunities offensively and we outshot Cape Breton on the road.”
Jeremy Beaudry, Charles-Eric Legare, Clark Bishop and Kyle Farrell (into an empty net) also scored in the win. Justin Hache had two assists while singles went to Julien Pelletier, Loic Leduc, Maxim Lazarev, William Carrier, Beaudry, Darcy and Legare.
Daniel Sprong, Matej Beran and Yan-Pavel Laplante scored for the Islanders. Anthony Cortese had two assists and was named the third star of the game. Ryan Graves, Kameron Kielly and Alexis Pépin each added an assist.
Chase Marchand made 32 saves in the win while Eric Brassard stopped 25 shots in the loss.
The Islanders have had a few players hit with the flu bug recently and it forced Deverick Ottereyes to miss Sunday’s game.
Cape Breton improved to 19-12-0-3 while Charlottetown falls to 14-17-1-4.
The announced attendance was 2,273, but the storm reduced the number to close to 800 according to the Cape Breton Post.
The storm started as the teams started playing and the weather forced the Islanders to stay overnight in Sydney.
Charlottetown is back in action Friday on the road against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at 8 p.m. They travel to Shawinigan Saturday to play the Cataractes at 5 p.m. The Islanders next home game is Dec. 28 when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7 p.m. All times are Atlantic.