© Nigel Armstrong - The Guardian
Defenceman David Henley is interviewed during the weekly Friday Night Hockey program by Eastlink TV. The Charlottetown Islanders hosted the Victoriaville Tigres at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Friday, Jan. 31.
The Victoriaville Tigres broke open a tie game with three goals in the final 6:32 of the second period to defeat the Charlottetown Islanders 6-2 on Friday night.
Jean-Francois Plante scored two of the three second-period goals on the power play.
“We think we battled hard. Our compete was there for sure,” said Islanders winger Zach Beaton.
“Maybe we got killed with a couple of power plays and a couple of brain farts.”
Beaton took a tripping penalty with 3:28 to play in the middle frame and Plante scored 53 seconds later.
“We can’t be taking penalties like that,” Beaton admitted.
“I know it. Everybody knows it. I kind of swung my stick, I probably should have taken a couple more strides and laid the body and we paid for it.”
Victoriaville improved to 25-19-4-2 while Charlottetown is 17-30-1-4 and has lost nine straight games. Their last win was Jan. 10 in a shootout against Shawinigan.
On Friday, the Islanders fell behind 2-0 6:39 into the contest but were able to tie it up before the first intermission. Spenser Cobbold scored from the side of the net and defenceman Troy Vance scored on a power play with 13 seconds to play in the first. The power play came with Suffolk’s Ross Johnston in the box.
“He wanted to fight,” Vance said, describing what caused the penalty. “I really didn’t want to go, so I just kind of ate a few punches and I guess he got a double minor for it.”
Islanders’ defenceman Vladislav Lysenko said his teammates were angry and mad after the game. He said they played good first and third periods, but the second period cost them.
“We played really bad and had stupid penalties,” he said.
Eric Brassard made 46 saves in the loss and was peppered with plenty of quality scoring chances.
Beaton said Brassard and Mason McDonald, the Islander goalies, have been their two best players.
“They play phenomenal every night,” he said. “They make big saves night in, night out, over and over again.”
The players said the team is trying to remain positive and said the work ethic is there to stop the nine-game losing streak.
“Everyone was sticking up for each other. We’re showing signs of a team,” Beaton said. “Anyone is willing to do anything for the win, we’re just not getting it.”
Beaton dropped the mitts with Julien Proulx in the first period, despite giving up a couple inches in height and 30 pounds. Proulx landed a shot early that caught Beaton off guard. The two exchanged punches and Proulx landed another for the win.
The Islanders were without rookie Daniel Sprong who fractured the tip of his finger in Thursday’s game with Moncton.
Charlottetown travels to Moncton on Friday to play the Wildcats before coming home to host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Victoriaville – 6.
Charlottetown – 2.
Victoriaville – Jean-Francois Plante (2), Jan Mandat, Mark Tremaine, Angelo Miceli and Philippe Hudon.
Charlottetown – Spenser Cobbold and Troy Vance.
Victoriaville – Carl Marois (2), Cameron Yarwood (2), Jean-Francois Plante, Jonathan Diaby, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Antoine Marcoux and Angelo Miceli.
Charlottetown – Anthony Cortese and Kameron Kielly
Victoriaville – Francois Tremblay, 30 saves on 32 shots.
Charlottetown – Eric Brassard, 46 saves on 52 shots.
u Power play
Victoriaville – 2-for-5.
Charlottetown – 1-for-5.
u Announced attendance 2,762
u Three stars
1. Cameron Yarwood.
2. Jean-Francois Plante.
3. Mike DiPaolo.