Ashley helps Mooseheads beat Islanders in QMJHL action

Jason Malloy
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Andrew Shewfelt of the Halifax Mooseheads trips over the stick of Charlottetown Islanders goalie Eric Brassard during Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at the Eastlink Centre.

Darcy Ashley scored the game-winning goal Wednesday as the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the  Charlottetown Islanders 5-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

“It’s definitely special when I come home to play,” said Ashley, a 20-year-old Brooklyn native, who was named the game's second star. “I don’t feel like I had my best game, but the team dug deep in the third period and we got a much-needed win.”

The Islanders, missing three of their new acquisitions from Tuesday, led 1-0 and 2-1 during the first period, but gave up two goals in each of the next two frames. Two of the Mooseheads’ early goals went in off of Islanders’ skates.

“They’re shitty bounces, but they still count as goals,” defenceman Anthony Cortese said. “We got to just put it behind us and bounce back tomorrow in practice.”

Andrew Shewfelt, Luca Ciampini, Connor Moynihan and Danny Moynihan also scored for Halifax while Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy, Ciampini, Brent Andrews, Jesse Lussier, Vincent Watt and Mackenzie Weegar had assists.

Cortese and Daniel Sprong replied with goals in front of 2,302 fans at Eastlink Centre while assists went to Sprong, Kevin Laliberte, Kameron Kielly and Guillaume Rioux-Legault.

Kielly had a chance late in the first to score when Sprong found him in the slot, but Kielly’s shot went high. Later in the same shift, the Charlottetown native found Sprong in the slot and he didn’t miss, scoring his 19th on the season.

“I kind of owed him one there,” Kielly said, referring to not cashing in on Sprong’s earlier feed.

Cortese was also the beneficiary of the rookie’s vision. Sprong had the puck on the boards and saw Cortese coming towards the blue-line.

He fed a pass that Cortese skated into, just keeping the play onside, made a move around a defender and beat Halifax goalie Kevin Darveau to give the Isles the early lead.

Darveau made 24 saves in the win as Halifax improved to 26-15-0-1 while Eric Brassard stopped 35 shots in the loss for the Islanders (16-21-1-4).

Charlottetown was outshot 17-4 in the third period.

“He played a great game, made some big saves for us,” Cortese said.

“He’s been great all year,” added Kielly. “We have two good goalies now and it’s going to be fun watching them battle for the No. 1 spot.”

Charlottetown’s defence played much of the game down a pair as Mike DiPaolo and Halifax’s Brandon Vuic were each assessed a game misconduct for a staged fight five minutes into the game.

Deschenes, Robert Pelletier made their Islanders debut while Malik Johnson was called up from the Summerside Western Capitals.

“We’re just building chemistry with the new guys,” Kielly said. “It’s going to take some time, but we’re going to go out and battle hard every night.”

The Islanders host Shawinigan Friday at 7 p.m.

 

Notes

It was Hunter River’s Brent Andrews’ 300th QMJHL game.

Matej Beran had a goal and an assist in Sherbrooke’s 4-3 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Wednesday.

Alexis Pépin had a goal and two assists in Gatineau’s 5-0 victory over Chicoutimi.

Jack Nevins was held off the scoresheet, but was a plus-one with two shots, two penalty minutes and two hits in Rouyn-Noranda’s 4-2 victory over Drummondville.

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Score

Halifax – 5

Charlottetown –2

Goals

Halifax – Andrew Shewfelt, Luca Ciampini, Darcy Ashley, Connor Moynihan and Danny Moynihan.

Charlottetown – Anthony Cortese and Daniel Sprong.

Assists

Halifax – Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy, Luca Ciampini, Jesse Lussier, Brent Andrews, MacKenzie Weegar and Vincent Watt.

Charlottetown – Kevin Laliberte, Daniel Sprong, Kameron Kielly and Guillaume Rioux-Legault.

Goalies

Halifax – Kevin Darveau, 24 saves on 26 shots.

Charlottetown – Eric Brassard, 35 saves on 40 shots.

Power play

Halifax – 0-for-8.

Charlottetown – 1-for-6.

Hits

Halifax – 11

Charlottetown – 16.

Faceoffs

Halifax – 40-for-70.

Three stars

1. Luca Ciampini

2. Darcy Ashley

3. Kameron Kielly

Organizations: Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Charlottetown Islanders 5 Eastlink Centre Deschenes Summerside Western Capitals

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Brooklyn, Shawinigan Hunter River Sherbrooke Gatineau Rouyn-Noranda Drummondville

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