Moncton scores late goal to defeat Islanders

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The Charlottetown Islanders’ comeback fell short Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Moncton Wildcats.

“We can’t hang our heads,” right-winger Robert Pelletier said following the game. “We have a big game tomorrow and we have to move on and take the positives from tonight.”

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game was tied 1-1 after the first period. Moncton took a 3-1 lead to the third after former Summerside Western Capital Christopher Caissy scored with four seconds remaining in the second period following a turnover.

Pelletier scored his first as an Islander at 9:43 of the third by knocking home a pass from Julien Avon at the side of the net.

“We worked hard all night and it finally paid off there in the third,” Pelletier said. “I was pretty darn happy.”

It energized the Islanders and Alexandre Goulet tied it with his second of the night 66 seconds later. Goulet had a number of chances before potting the rebound off the Spenser Cobbold shot.

“It was a good feeling,” Goulet said of his 21st goal of the season. “I missed some scoring chances, but I needed to continue to work hard.”

Christophe Lalonde spoiled the comeback by scoring his 30th of the season with 2:48 to play and Islanders defenceman Troy Vance serving an interference penalty.

“I was just trying to play hard and I guess the ref saw it different than I thought I played it,” Vance said.

“It’s a tough one to take. . .

“It was a good character third period. Guys were backchecking, forechecking, playing for each other.”

The Wildcats improved to 26-24-0-2 while the Islanders drop to 17-29-1-4 and have lost eight straight.

“We should have won this game. We worked hard,” Goulet said.

Russians Ivan Barbashev had a goal and two assists while Vladimir Tkachev had a goal to give him three on the season to go with three assists in four games.

 

Notes…

Stitched up

Right-winger Daniel Sprong missed the first few minutes of the second period after taking a shot in the glove late in the first period.

“The doc did a great job stitching it up,” he said after the game.

While swollen and fresh stitches, the rookie said he wanted to get back on the ice.

 

Leadership

Craig MacLauchlan and Cobbold each wore an A last night along with Vance.

 

Tonight

The Islanders host the Victoriaville Tigres tonight.

It is military appreciation night and fans are encouraged to wear red.

 

 

Highlight reel

Score

Moncton – 4

Charlottetown – 3

Goals

Moncton – Vladimir Tkachev, Ivan Barbashev, Christopher Caissy and Christophe Lalonde.

Charlottetown – Alexandre Goulet (2) and Robert Pelletier.

Assists

Moncton – Ivan Barbashev (2), Matthew Klebanskyj, Conor Garland and Stephen Seeger.

Charlottetown – Anthony Cortese (2), Julien Avon, Craig MacLauchlan, Spenser Cobbold and Daniel Sprong.

Goalies

Moncton – Alex Dubeau, 37 saves on 40 shots.

Charlottetown – Mason McDonald, 19 saves on 23 shots.

Power plays

Moncton – 1-for-3.

Charlottetown – 1-for-5.

Faceoffs

Moncton – 22-for-63.

Charlottetown – 41-for-63.

Announced attendance – 2,469.

50/50 – $1,305.

Three stars:

1. Alexandre Goulet.

2. Ivan Barabshev.

3. Spenser Cobbold.

Organizations: Islanders

Geographic location: Moncton

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