UPDATED: Mooseheads rout Islanders to advance to second round

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Nathan Yetman, left, is no match for Halifax Moosehead defenceman Brian Lovell during first period action Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Charlottetown.

 By Jason Malloy

The Guardian

The Halifax Mooseheads didn’t just end the Charlottetown Islanders season, they embarrassed them.

The defending Memorial Cup champs shellacked the young squad 11-3 Thursday to sweep the best-of-seven, first-round series

4-0.

The faces on the Islanders after the game said it all.

“It’s definitely a motivator to get better and stronger and to be a better hockey team,” said goalie Mason McDonald. “Everybody on this team has to go home, work hard over the off-season to be better for next season, so this doesn’t happen again.”

The Mooseheads opened the scoring with three goals in the final 5:32 of the first period. They added two more in the first 2:32 of the second period and the rout was on. The Mooseheads led 8-0 going to the third period and many of their top players were stapled to the bench in the final frame.

“It’s tough to take the last game (losing) like that,” said Islanders centre Craig MacLauchlan. “It’s always tough losing, and the score doesn’t usually matter, but when you get shellacked like that it kind of sticks with you a little more.”

The Islanders scored their three goals in the final 4:09 of the season.

MacLauchlan said the Islanders had a rough game but battled until the final whistle.

Troy Vance, the Islanders’ only 20-year-old player, finished his junior career with the lopsided loss.

“It’s definitely not going to be a good memory,” he said. “The score says (it all).”

He had a hard time coming up with what happened to the Islanders Thursday after competing with the Mooseheads for the first 40 minutes in each of the first three games.

“Not focused. I guess losing sight of the main goal and sticking to the system,” Vance said. “It’s not going to leave a very good taste in my mouth.”

“It’s a really tough one to swallow,” added McDonald, who kept his team in games for most of the series. “We weren’t good tonight. We weren’t good enough for the whole series.”

Vance said he was unsure what the future holds for him.

During the final timeout of the game the fans clapped to show their support for the players, who stood on the bench and raised their sticks. After the game MacLauchlan, a Charlottetown resident, took the microphone to thank the fans.

“Every team needs this,” he told The Guardian afterwards.

“It’s awesome seeing them out here every night. You can’t thank them enough.”

Kameron Kielly said the loss left a bad feeling in his stomach, one he plans on using as motivation during the off-season.

“It sucks losing.”

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Highlight Reel

Score

u Halifax – 11.

u Charlottetown – 3.

Goals

u Halifax – Nikolaj Ehlers (2), MacKenzie Weegar (2), Jonathan Drouin (2), Timo Meier, Danny Moynihan, Luca Ciampini, Connor Moynihan and Samuel LeBlanc.

u Charlottetown – Daniel Sprong, Troy Vance and Kameron Kielly.

Assists

u Halifax – Jonathan Drouin (2), Luca Ciampini (2), Philippe Gadoury (2), MacKenzie Weegar, Jesse Lussier,  Matt Murphy, Timo Meier, Danny Moynihan, Andrew Shewfelt and Vincent Watt.

u Charlottetown – Mike DiPaolo (2), Robert Pelletier and Anthony Cortese.

Goaltenders

u Halifax – Zachary Fucale, 16 saves on 16 shots. Kevin Darveau, 5 saves on 8 shots.

u Charlottetown – Mason McDonald, 10 saves on 15 shots. Eric Brassard, 23 saves on 29 shots.

Power plays

u Halifax – 2-for-7.

u Charlottetown – 1-for-3.

Hits

u Halifax – 3.

u Charlottetown – 9.

Three stars

1. Jonathan Drouin.

2. MacKenzie Weegar.

3. Nikolaj Ehlers.

Attendance – 1,418.

50/50 – $1,183.

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