Islanders defeat Wildcats 3-2

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Charlottetown Islanders

Filip Rydstrom’s third period goal was the winner Saturday as the Charlottetown Islanders defeated the Moncton Wildcats 3-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.

Filip Chlapik had a goal and an assist while Daniel Sprong had two helpers.

Keith Getson also scored while Samuel Blais had an assist.

Vaclav Karabacek and Manuel Wiederer scored for Moncton with assists to Conor Garland, Will Smith and Stephen Johnson.

Matthew Welsh made 22 saves for the win while Keven Bouchard stopped 22 shots in the loss.

Isles head coach Jim Hulton said goalie Mason McDonald came down with an injury at Friday’s practice.

“Nothing major but he won’t dress tomorrow either,” he said Saturday night.

Moncton was 0-for-5 on the power play while Charlottetown was 0-for-3.

The game was scoreless after the first period while the Islanders took a 2-1 lead to the third.

Hulton said his team maintained its structure and the penalty-killing unit did a good job.

“We stayed patient and capitalized on a couple of turnovers on our goals and then held fort once they cut the gap to 3-2 and got a some big saves from Welshy along the way.”

Charlottetown won 40 of the 57 faceoffs.

The Islanders improved to 30-26-5-2 while Moncton is 34-19-9-1.

Charlottetown hosts the Saint John Sea Dogs Sunday at 3 p.m.

Organizations: Islanders, Moncton Wildcats 3, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Moncton, Charlottetown

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