Matt Murphy’s power-play goal was the winner Thursday as the host Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Mathieu Joseph scored a minute into the game for the home side and Spencer Smallman made it 2-0 4:16 later. Joseph is the older brother of Islanders defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
Daniel Sprong cut the deficit in half with five minutes to play in the opening frame. It was his fourth goal in three games since rejoining the Islanders after starting the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Murphy scored with 3:36 to play in the second for the eventual winner.
Mitchell Balmas made it 3-2 6:35 into the third.
Nathan Noel, Adam Marsh, Daniel Del Paggio and Joe Veleno had assists for Saint John while Oliver Cooper had the lone helper for Charlottetown.
Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 36 saves for the win while Guillaume Briand-Briere stopped 26 shots for the Islanders.
Saint John was 1-for-4 on the power play while Charlottetown was 0-for-2.
The Sea Dogs improved to 22-13-3-0 while the Islanders fall to 14-20-2-2.
The Islanders host the Halifax Mooseheads (13-20-4-1) Sunday at 3 p.m.