Sprong scores twice, Blais assists on both as Isles win

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Daniel Sprong had two goals, including the winner, Monday in his return to the Charlottetown Islanders lineup.

The Isles defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-1 in Sydney, N.S., in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) action.

Samuel Blais, acquired from the Victoriaville Tigres for Alexandre Goulet, set up both of Sprong’s goals.

Oliver Cooper from Chris Chaddock and Bradley Kennedy scored a second-period tally for the visitors. Pierre-Olivier Joseph had his first QMJHL goal on a third-period power play with assists from Sydney native Mitchell Balmas and Dexter Weber.

Cape Breton led 1-0 after the first period on Colin MacSween’s goal, but trailed 3-1 heading to the third.

Matthew Welsh made 27 saves for the win while Alexandre Belanger stopped 22 shots in the loss.

Charlottetown improved to 14-19-2-1 while Cape Breton falls to 19-16-3-0.

The Islanders were missing goalie Mason McDonald and centre Filip Chlapik due to the world junior tournament and centre Kameron Kielly to injury.

The Screaming Eagles top line of Pierre-Luc Dubois, Maxim Lazarev and Evgeny Svechnikov did not play on Monday. Lazarev and Svechnikov are with Russia at the world juniors while Dubois was serving a one-game suspension for Dec. 18 hit.

The Islanders host the Moncton Wildcats Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Islanders fans first chance to see Sprong, Blais and defenceman Guillaume Beaudry in action.

Goulet scored his debut with the Victoriaville Tigres and David Henley played his first game back with the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

Summerside native Brodie MacArthur made his major junior debut with the Moncton Wildcats in a 3-2 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads.

The five-foot-11, 146-pound centre was a 13th-round pick by the wildcats in the June draft.

In second season with the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild, MacArthur leads the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League in points (44) and assists (32).

Organizations: Victoriaville Tigres for Alexandre Goulet

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Sydney, Quebec Charlottetown Russia

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