UPDATE: Islanders hang on for 3-2 win over Titan

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown Islanders built a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the game and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.

"I think we played soft a little bit when we took the lead 3-0, but with the playoffs coming we can't (have) those types of periods," said Islanders left-winger Samuel Blais. "In the third, I think, we did a good job, and we need to have three great periods tomorrow against Halifax to be ready for the playoffs."

Kameron Kielly scored 18 seconds into the game and Filip Rydstrom made it 2-0 at 3:59. Nicolas Leblond added to the lead with 7:38 left in the period.

Titan right-winger Vladimir Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal 3:26 into the second and Antoine Morand cut the lead to one 1:24 into the final frame.

The Islanders were outshot 12-8 in the middle stanza, and the Titan built momentum off the goal.

"We can't take a period off," said Kielly, an assistant captain. "We didn't step on the gas enough in the second and kind of let them back into the game, but credit to us, we found a way to win."

Head coach Jim Hulton said games like Friday's happen sometimes to veteran teams close to playoffs. While there were times during the game he was obviously frustrated on the bench, he said after the game he was pleased with the way the team buckled down in the third.

Length of shifts, discipline and playing a north-south game were a few of the issues needing to be addressed.

"We did enough to win, but we have to maintain good habits," Hulton said.

The Islanders only allowed nine shots in the third period, despite almost 3:30 of 5-on-4 time for Acadie-Bathurst.

"Mason was great in the pipes, and we really bared down," Kielly said. "We had a big penalty kill. It says a lot about our character."

McDonald said they would like to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. For that to happen the Islanders had to win their two weekend games and get some help.

Players were checking the out-of-town scoreboard during the second intermission, but McDonald doesn't think it's a distraction.

"I think it just gives you more motivation," he said.

The Islanders host the Halifax Mooseheads, who beat Moncton 7-4 on Friday, today at 4 p.m. in the final regular season game of the schedule. The Mooseheads have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Captain Oliver Cooper didn't play Friday but is expected to dress today.



Highlight reel

A look at the statistics from Friday's game between the Charlottetown Islanders and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Eastlink Centre.


Acadie-Bathurst - 2

Charlottetown - 3


Acadie-Bathurst - Vladimir Kuznetsov and Antoine Morand.

Charlottetown - Kameron Kielly, Filip Rydstrom and Nicolas Leblond.


Acadie-Bathurst - Christophe Boivin, Jordan Maher, Garrett Johnston and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel.

Charlottetown - Will Thompson, Bradley Kennedy, Daniel Sprong, Filip Chlapik, Samuel Blais and Jake Coughler.


Acadie-Bathurst - Tanner Somers, 11 saves on 14 shots in the first period; Reilly Pickard, 20 saves on 20 shots in the second and third periods.

Charlottetown - Mason McDonald, 34 saves on 36 shots.

Power plays

Acadie-Bathurst - 1-for-4.

Charlottetown - 0-for-4.


Acadie-Bathurst - 23.

Charlottetown - 38.


Acadie-Bathurst - 7.

Charlottetown - 17.

50/50 - $3,180.

Attendance - 3,718 (an announced sellout).

Organizations: Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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