UPDATE: Islanders defeat Sea Dogs in overtime

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Kameron Kielly's goal almost four minutes into overtime cemented a wild and wooly win for the Charlottetown Islanders over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday in Charlottetown.

It capped a sometimes bizarre Quebec Major Junior Hockey League contest that saw the Dogs tie things 3-3 with two power-play goals during the final four minutes.

Keilly's second goal of the game, his first staked the Isles to a 3-1 lead with six minutes remaining in the third period, also earned the Islanders a four-point weekend against Maritimes Division rivals.

On Saturday, the Islanders downed the Moncton Wildcats 3-2 at Eastlink Centre.

"(Sunday) was a big outing for us. I thought we were on the wrong end of some calls. (Bradley) Kennedy made a good pass and I was fortunate enough to bang it home," Keilly said of his OT goal. "It wasn't an easy weekend. Four points against division teams I would take any week."

Charlottetown (31-26-5-2) moved into ninth place overall and remained in fourth in the Maritimes. The win also kept Saint John (41-16-5) from clinching the division. It needed two points going into Sunday's game.

After two periods, the story might have been about a Matthew Welsh-Marc-Antoine Turcotte goaltending duel as the Isles led 1-0 on Kennedy's first-period score.

But the storyline changed after Saint John's Matt Murphy tied the game 1-1 just 22 seconds into the final frame.

Eleven minutes later, while killing a power play, Charlottetown's Samuel Blais benefited from a Filip Rydstrom steal and gave the Isles a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal.

Keilly made it 3-1 three minutes later and things looked dire for the Dogs.

However, slashing and delay of game penalties to Charlottetown defenceman Luc Deschenes and a checking from behind infraction to Kennedy allowed Daniel Del Paggio and Sam Povorozniouk (his on a 5-on-3) to tie the game during a 1:31 span and send things into extra time.

Dogs d-man Thomas Chabot said his squad might have looked downtrodden after the 3-1 goal, but it wasn't.

"We have a lot of talent on our team. We knew we could come from behind, we've done it before and we trust each other on the bench," said Chabot, who had two assists and was named the game's third star. "We kept it simple and played the way that has made us so successful since Christmas."

Welsh stopped 32-of-35 shots for the win while Turcotte kicked aside 32-of-35 shots in regulation and 8-of-9 chances in OT.

Cameron Visser, of theIsland Junior Hockey League's Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers, backed up Welsh for the second night in a row. Starter Mason McDonald was scratched with an ankle injury.

The Islanders also played without Oliver Cooper (sickness), Shawn Boudrias (hamstring) and Guillaume Beaudry (personal reasons).

Charlottetown has four games remaining and plays in Saint John, N.B.,on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Instant Replay

A look at Sunday's QMJHL game at Eastlink Centre:

The Outcome - Charlottetown 4 Saint John 3 (OT)

The Goalscorers – Saint John: Matt Murphy (9), Daniel Del Paggio (18), Sam Povorozniouk (36); Charlottetown: Kameron Kielly 2 (12), Bradley Kennedy (22), Samuel Blais (31).

The Assists - Saint John: Thomas Chabot 2 (32), Matthew Highmore 2 (50), Daniel Del Paggio (30), Mathieu Joseph (40); Charlottetown: Bradley Kennedy 2 (30), Filip Rydstrom (26), Nicholas Leblond (10), Will Thompson (14), Alexis Vanier (18).

The Goalies - Saint John: Marc-Antoine Turcotte, 40-of-44, loss (27-15); Charlottetown: Matthew Welsh, 32-of-35, win (12-13).

Attendance - 3,462 announced.

Next Up - Charlottetown (31-26-5-2) face Saint John (41-16-5) Friday in Saint John. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

By The Numbers

Shots By Period - Saint John: 8-11-16-0, 35; Charlottetown: 9-13-13-9, 44.

Penalty Minutes - Saint John: 14; Charlottetown: 20.

Power Play - Saint John: 2-for-8, 25 per cent; Charlottetown: 1-for-5, 20 per cent.

Hits – Saint John: 16; Charlottetown: 21.

Hits Post – Saint John: 2; Charlottetown: 0.

50-50 - $2,378.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Saint John, Charlottetown

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