UPDATE: Shawinigan uses three-goal second period to beat Islanders

Jason Malloy
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The Shawinigan Cataractes are one of the best teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Charlottetown Islanders found out first-hand Wednesday night.

The Cataractes capitalized on their chances to score three second period goals en route to a 7-3 victory at the Eastlink Centre.

“We got off our song sheet in the second period and we started playing too cute and fancy and they burned us on some turnovers,” Isles head coach Jim Hulton said. “When we play with simple structure and let our skill play within that we’re a real good team.”

Hulton said he liked his team’s play in the first and third periods when they were aggressive on the attack. The game was tied 2-2 after 20 minutes, but Mathieu Olivier, Nicholas Welsh and Anthony Beauvillier gave the visitors a commanding lead heading to the third.

The Islanders didn’t fold.

They outshot Shawinigan 22-7 in the third period, but could only beat veteran goalie Philippe Cadorette once. He made 38 saves, including 21 in the final frame, for the win.

“We tested him in the third and he stepped up to the plate. Hats off to him,” assistant captain Kameron Kielly said. “It proves we can play with an elite team in the league. We feel like we are (one) when we’re on our game for the full 60 minutes and it wasn't there tonight.”

The Islanders also stuck up for each other during the contest.

After defenceman Will Thompson got drilled into the boards by Olivier in the second period, Alexis Vanier, one of the newest Islanders, jumped in.

In the final two minutes of the game after Keith Getson received an extra crosscheck at the end of a play a donnybrook occurred.

“We’ve developed a real tight bond as a group and you can see it building,” Hulton said. “These kids believe and the competitiveness of this group has increased 10-fold in the last probably three weeks.”

Daniel Sprong had a goal and two assists to pace the Isles while Filip Chlapik had two helpers. Captain Oliver Cooper and Luc Deschenes also scored while Kielly and Samuel Blais added assists.

Mason McDonald stopped 25 of 31 shots in the loss. Shawinigan scored an empty-net goal.

Charlottetown was 3-for-6 on the power play but did give up a shorthanded goal with five minutes to play. Shawinigan was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Shawinigan improved to 33-13-3-0 while Charlottetown is 21-23-5-2. The Islanders travel to Sydney, N.S., on Friday for a game with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.


Highlight reel

A look at the statistics from Wednesday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game between the Charlottetown Islanders and Shawinigan Cataractes.


Shawinigan – 7.

Charlottetown – 3.


Shawinigan – Anthony Beauvillier 2, Mathieu Olivier, Nicholas Welsh, Gabriel Gagne, Alex Pawelczyk and Brandon Gignac.

Charlottetown – Oliver Cooper, Luc Deschenes and Daniel Sprong.


Shawinigan – Dmytro Timashov 3, Anthony Beauvillier, Nicholas Welsh, Dennis Yan, Cavan Fitzgerald, Alex Pawelczyk, Samuel Girard and Danny Moynihan.

Charlottetown – Daniel Sprong 2, Filip Chlapik 2, Kameron Kielly and Samuel Blais.


Shawinigan – Philippe Cadorette, 38 saves on 41 shots.

Charlottetown – Mason McDonald, 25 saves on 31 shots.

Power play

Shawinigan – 0-for-2.

Charlottetown – 3-for-6.


Shawinigan – 24.

Charlottetown – 38.


Shawinigan – 11.

Charlottetown – 16. 

50/50 – $1,380.

Attendance – 2,198 (announced).

Organizations: Islanders, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Shawinigan, Charlottetown

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