Islanders beat Screaming Eagles

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown Islanders killed all five of Cape Breton's power plays and scored twice shorthanded in Thursday's 5-2 victory.

With the Islanders leading 1-0, Keith Getson blocked a shot and the puck bounced to Filip Rydstrom, who went in on a breakaway and beat Alexandre Belanger at 9:47 of the second period.

A turnover at the blue-line two minutes later sprung Chris Chaddock and rookie Carl Gervais on a two-on-one. Chaddock buried his shot after a give-and-go to make it 3-0.

"Cashing on the PK like that is huge," Chaddock said. "Our PK wasn't doing too good in a couple of games, but we stepped up tonight."

Charlottetown entered Thursday with the 11th best penalty kill in the 18-team Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It had allowed 14 goals in 65 opportunities for a 78.5 per cent efficiency rating. Before Thursday's game Rydstrom had the Islanders only shorthanded goal of the season.

Chaddock credited Getson for blocking a number of shots on Thursday, but the second-year forward deflected any credit.

It's "just great to get the win for the guys. It was an awesome team effort," Getson said.

Islanders goalie Mason McDonald said penalties can swing momentum to the team with the man advantage, but his teammates made sure to nullify it by killing them on Thursday.

Filip Chlapik opened the scoring 3:35 into the second period with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle and closed it with an empty-net goal. He also added an assist.

The Islanders took a 3-1 lead to the third. Clark Bishop made it 3-2 on a nice goal, cutting to the goal with 8:20 to play. Kameron Kielly restored the two-goal lead with a breakaway marker three minutes later.

The win ended the Islanders four-game losing streak at the Eastlink Centre, where they are now 3-4-0-0.

Charlottetown came out with an extra jump to start the game and outshot the Screaming Eagles 11-3.

Chaddock pointed to the team's last game in Baie-Comeau as a turning point.

"We really came together in that game," he said.

McDonald said the team had some good meetings in the past week and is bonding.

"I think we're starting to figure it out, playing more like a team," he said. "As long as we keep doing that the results will keep coming."

The Islanders hit the road today to play the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the first game in a home-and-home series that ends Sunday at the Eastlink Centre at 3 p.m.

Highlight reel

A look at the highlights from Thursday's game between the Charlottetown Islanders and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.


Cape Breton - 2.

Charlottetown - 5.


Cape Breton - Clark Bishop and Evgeny Svechnikov.

Charlottetown - Filip Chlapik 2, Filip Rydstrom, Chris Chaddock and Kameron Kielly.


Cape Breton - Maxim Lazarez 2, Jeremie Beaudin and Phelix Martineau.

Charlottetown - Alex McQuaid, Keith Getson, Filip Chlapik and Carl Gervais.


Cape Breton - Alexandre Belanger, 24 saves on 28 shots.

Charlottetown - Mason McDonald, 23 saves on 25 shots.

Power plays

Cape Breton - 0-for-5.

Charlottetown - 0-for-4.


Cape Breton - 17.

Charlottetown - 13.

Faceoffs won

Cape Breton - 27.

Charlottetown - 32.

Attendance - 2,354 (announced)

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Charlottetown

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