UPDATE: Islanders fall in overtime in Halifax

Zane Woodford, Metro Halifax
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Mooseheads tied game with 14 seconds remaining in third

After an overtime loss in Charlottetown on Sunday night, the Halifax Mooseheads were more than happy to return the favour at home on Tuesday, beating the Charlottetown Islanders 6-5.

Like they did two nights earlier, the Herd rallied late in the third period to close a two-goal gap and send the game to overtime.

"The past couple games, we've shown we don't quit no matter what the score is," Mooseheads goalie Kevin Resop said after Tuesday night's victory at Scotiabank Centre.

Resop assisted on the game-winning breakaway goal by Mooseheads centre Joel Bishop less than two minutes into three-on-three overtime – after Otto Somppi tied the game with 13.2 seconds remaining in the third.

"He's like Mr. Clutch right now," defenceman Cooper Jones said of Somppi, who finished with two goals and was the game's first star. "He keeps putting in the important goals."

The game was tied 2-2 after the first period while Charlottetown took a 3-2 lead to the third. But Charlottetown couldn't hang on to a lead, after watching Halifax comeback from down 5-2 on Sunday.

Samuel Blais said the Islanders need to simplify their game in the third period and hold onto leads.

"It's unacceptable to lose that game in overtime," he said.

Barrett Dachyshyn, Andrew Shewfelt and Cooper Jones rounded out the scoring for Halifax. Arnaud Durandeau had two assists while singles went to Walter Flower, Maxime Fortier and Bishop.

Carl Gervais, Mitchell Balmas, Keith Getson, Blais and Shawn Boudrais replied with goals for the Islanders. Luc Deschenes, Will Thompson, Bradley Kennedy, Daniel Sprong, Oliver Cooper, Guillaume Beaudry, Nicolas Leblond and Gervais had assists.

Resop stopped 34 shots for Halifax while Matthew Welsh made 28 saves for Charlottetown.

The loss puts the Islanders at 15-20-3-2, and brings the Mooseheads to 14-20-5-1. The Islanders host Gatineau Friday at 7 p.m. and Rimouski Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Islanders will be showing their support for the Canadian military on Friday. Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game as the Islanders take on the Gatineau Olympiques at 7 p.m. Military personnel can also get into the game for free by showing their military ID at the Eastlink Centre Box Office.

"It's only something small, but we wanted to do our part to honour all the brave men and women who have and continue to defend our great country," said Islanders president of operations Craig Foster. "We want to see as much red in the stands as possible on Friday night."

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