Charlottetown Islanders lose 3-2 in OT to Halifax Mooseheads

Jason Malloy
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Jonathan Drouin scored 49 seconds into overtime as the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 Tuesday at the Eastlink Centre.

The single point was big for an Islanders club fighting with four other teams for one of the three final playoff spots in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said Islanders winger Mike DiPaolo.

“At this point of the season we’re itching for points and we want to clinch a playoff spot,” he said. “Today (was) a small victory, just getting that point, (but) it would have been nice to have two.”

The Islanders (20-38-3-5) are tied with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan with 48 points for 14th place in the 18-team league.

Eric Brassard made 36 saves – many from point-blank range – and was named the first star of the game in front of a sellout crowd. It wasn’t a stellar start to the game for the 18-year-old netminder.

Brassard mishandled the puck five minutes into the first period and Timo Meier made him pay, but after that he was up to the test of the defending Memorial Cup champs.

“He stood on his head,” DiPaolo said. “He kept us in the game. We’re lucky he played as well as he did today.”

Spenser Cobbold tied the game 57 seconds into the second and Troy Vance gave the Islanders the lead at 16:37 on the power play.

Halifax’s Andrew Ryan deposited a loose puck into the Islanders goal with 57 seconds left in the second period to tie it.

“I don’t think that was our real team on the ice for the first two periods,” Drouin said. “We didn’t play good, so we’re happy to get two points we needed for the standings.”

The Mooseheads (45-18-0-3) took control in the third, outshooting the Islanders 17-3, but were unable to pot the go-ahead goal. Drouin said the Herd had plenty of chances to end the game in regulation.

“I think we should have buried a couple, but games like that happen,” he said.

Islanders centre Kameron Kielly said he was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We would have love to win tonight, but we can’t argue with a point,” he said. “Gritty point for us and it should be big for our playoff push.”

Charlottetown hosts the Titan Friday at 7 p.m. and completes the regular season at home Saturday when the Saint John Sea Dogs come to town for a 7 p.m. game.

It is believe Tuesday was the first sellout since Game 7 of the 2007 playoffs with the Titan. While all the 3,718 tickets were sold during the final ticket redemption night there was an estimated 3,300 people in the rink.

With Tuesday’s sellout, the Islanders announced season ticket holders wanting to redeem unused tickets could do so for the remaining two games.

Wednesday night’s Islanders banquet is also sold-out.

Notes… Islanders goalie Mason McDonald, a Halifax native, did not dress Tuesday due to the flu. Charlottetown Mark’s Work Wearhouse Islanders major midget goalie Sam Walsh backed up Brassard. Charlottetown plays Kensington Wednesday at 8 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena in Game 6 of the provincial major midget final.

 

Highlight reel

Score

Mooseheads – 3 OT

Islanders – 2

Goal scorers

Mooseheads – Timo Meier, Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Drouin.

Islanders – Spenser Cobbold and Troy Vance.

Assists

Mooseheads – Andrew Ryan, Nikolaj Ehlers (2), Drouin, Jesse Lussier and MacKenzie Weegar.

Islanders – Daniel Sprong (2) and Anthony Cortese.

Goalkeepers

Mooseheads – Zachary Fucale, 19 saves on 21 shots.

Islanders – Eric Brassard, 36 saves on 39 shots.

50/50 – $3,778

Three stars

1. Eric Brassard, Charlottetown.

2. Daniel Sprong, Charlottetown.

3. Nikolaj Ehlers, Halifax.

Organizations: Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, OT

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