UPDATE: Islanders show resilience in 3-2 shootout win

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Kielly scores tying goal with 1:14 remaining

Kameron Kielly tied it and won it Thursday for the Charlottetown Islanders.

The 19-year-old Charlottetown native took a stretch pass from Daniel Sprong and beat Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goalie Samuel Montembeault with 1:14 remaining in the game on an Islanders power play.

Kielly completed the comeback by beating Montembeault glove side again for the lone goal of the shootout, as the Isles prevailed 3-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.

Kielly credited the tying goal to Sprong's vision after he found Kielly behind the defencemen at the Armada blue-line for a breakaway. It ended a 57-minute stretch where Montembeault had kept the Islanders off the score sheet despite some glorious opportunities.

"He's a great goaltender," Kielly said. "It's no secret we needed to get pucks on net tonight. He was great the whole night. We finally (were able) to solve him."

Sprong from Filip Chlapik gave the Isles a 1-0 lead 58 seconds into the game.

Kristian Pospisil tied it 48 seconds later and Guillaume Archambault gave them a 2-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the first period after the Islanders turned the puck over at their own blue-line.

The score held up until late in the third period.

Samuel Blais had a glorious chance to tie it in the second but was stopped by Montembeault's pad. In overtime, he was robbed in the slot by the trapper.

The two played midget hockey together.

"I got some chances. Sometimes it happens in a game like that you can't score, but I think I played it the right way and next game, I think, it's going to go in," he said before heading over to speak to Montembeault. "We got the win, that's the main thing."

Head coach Jim Hulton was pleased with the resiliency his team showed.

"We knew coming into the game Blainville's calling card is to frustrate teams and bottle things up," he said.

Staying patient and sticking to the game plan can be critical come playoff time, he said, and that lesson was learned Thursday.

"We battled and we didn't give up," Kielly said.

"It's a big win for us and another big two points in the bank," added Blais.

Islanders overage defenceman Dexter Weber's shoulder popped out in the first period. Hulton said it went back in on its own, but he was held out of play in the second period. When his strength returned, Weber returned for the third.

During the second period, the Isles were down to four defenceman for five minutes after Jonathan Duchesne fought Pospisil. It left the team with Luc Deschenes, Alexis Vanier, Will Thompson and Pierre-Olivier Joseph.

"We got some big time minutes out of the four guys that were there," Hulton said. "Their experience shined through. They did a really good job of managing their energy."

Veteran defenceman Guillaume Beaudry was a healthy scratch on Thursday. Hulton said he thinks Beaudry has looked tired and with eight defenceman, the coach decided to give him a maintenance day.

"I want to see his level of competition get back up to where he, and we, know it can be," Hulton said.

 

Highlight reel

A look at Thursday's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game between the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Charlottetown Islanders.

Outcome

Armada - 2.

Islanders - 3 SO.

Regulation goals

Armada - Kristian Pospisil and Guillaume Archambault.

Islanders - Daniel Sprong and Kameron Kielly.

Regulation assists

Armada - Jacob Hickey and Samuel Hunter.

Islanders - Daniel Sprong and Filip Chlapik.

Shootout goal

Armada - None.

Islanders - Kameron Kielly.

Goalies

Armada - Samuel Montembeault, 38 saves on 40 shots in regulation; two saves on three shots in the shootout.

Islanders - Mason McDonald, 22 saves on 24 shots in regulation; three saves on three shots in the shootout.

Did you know? Montembeault and McDonald were teammates with Canada at the world junior hockey championship.

Power play

Armada - 0-for-4.

Islanders - 1-for-4.

Records

Armada - 20-28-6-2.

Islanders - 26-24-5-2.

Up next - Charlottetown travels to Halifax Saturday to play the Mooseheads at 7 p.m.

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