UPDATE: Islanders blast Oceanic to take 2-1 series lead

Jason Malloy jmalloy@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 29, 2016

The Charlottetown Islanders are expecting the Rimouski Oceanic's best tonight after spanking them 8-2 Tuesday at the Eastlink Centre.

The Islanders now lead the best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League series 2-1.

"It's not fun losing 8-2," Islanders right-winger Daniel Sprong said. "They're going to come out hard, and we have to handle the first five minutes."

After two one-goal games to start the series, the Islanders were able to give the red light a workout on Tuesday. Isles right-winger Bradley Kennedy, who had three assists and a fight, said they would enjoy the win for a few minutes after leaving the rink Tuesday before quickly turning their attention to tonight.

"They're going to be pretty pissed off and we have to be ready for that," he said.

It will be a big swing game in the series. After tonight, the series will either be tied 2-2 or the Islanders will lead 3-1 heading back to Rimouski, Que., for Friday's Game 5.

"We're going to see their best because they don't want to go down (3-1)," Islanders head coach Jim Hulton said. "We want to push them to the brink in our building."

Oliver Cooper got the Islanders on the board 7:36 into the contest on a power play, and Filip Chlapik made it 2-0 by potting a breakaway with 40 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Daniel Sprong made it 3-0 19 seconds into the second, but the Oceanic's Matous Belohorsky responded 18 seconds later.

Filip Rydstrom and Will Thompson scored goals in the final five minutes of the period to give Charlottetown a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Rimouski replaced goalie Louis-Philip Guindon with Alexandre Lagace to start the third.

The Islanders outshot the Oceanic 32-4 in the third and got two power-play goals from defenceman Luc Deschenes and an even-strength marker from Mitchell Balmas.

"At this point in the season, no one really cares who scores the goals as long as they're on the board, so it was a good win for the team," Deschenes said.

Sprong said Guindon can quickly change a series.

"He's a great goaltender," the sniper said. "He can get hot and he can make saves whenever he wants, so we just have to keep putting shots on net" and getting traffic in front of him. 

The Oceanic had 28 penalty minutes in the chippy contest while the Islanders had 17. Charlottetown made the most of their opportunities, going 4-for-7 on the power play and killing both man advantages for the Oceanic.

Hulton said he liked the composure of his players.

"I was proud of our guys for maintaining their focus."

Highlight reel

A look at Tuesday's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff game between the host Charlottetown Islanders and the Rimouski Oceanic.


Rimouski - 2.

Charlottetown - 8.


Rimouski - Deven St-Hilaire and Matous Belohorsky.

Charlottetown - Luc Deschenes 2, Will Thompson, Daniel Sprong, Filip Chlapik, Oliver Cooper, Filip Rydstrom and Mitchell Balmas.


Rimouski - Jeremie Beaudin 2, Guillaume Rioux-Legault and Simon Bourque.

Charlottetown - Bradley Kennedy 3, Alexis Vanier 2, Samuel Blais 2, Jonathan Duchesne, Dexter Weber, Daniel Sprong, Keith Getson, Oliver Cooper, Shawn Boudrias, Jake Coughler and Nicolas Leblond.


Rimouski - Louis-Philip Guindon, 17 saves on 22 shots in 40 minutes. Alexandre Lagace, 29 saves on 32 shots in 20 minutes.

Charlottetown - Mason McDonald, 26 saves on 28 shots.

Power play

Rimouski - 0-for-2.

Charlottetown - 4-for-7.

Faceoff wins

Rimouski - 39.

Charlottetown - 46.


Rimouski - 28.

Charlottetown - 21.

Announced attendance - 2,466.