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UPDATE: Islanders blowout Mooseheads 9-2


Chlapik has four points, Aquin, Donaghey, Joseph record three-point games

Guillaume Brisebois recorded his first goal and first assist as a Charlottetown Islander in his first game Sunday afternoon.

“It was really nice, but at the same time, the win was more important for me,” the 19-year-old defenceman said after a 9-2 thumping of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Brisebois only returned to Charlottetown Sunday at 1 a.m. after attending the Vancouver Canucks training camp. Isles head coach Jim Hulton left the decision to play Sunday at the Eastlink Centre in Brisebois’ hands.

The team’s big off-season acquisition didn't need much time to come up with his answer.

“I wanted to get back with my teammates as soon as possible,” said Brisebois, the former Acadie-Bathurst Titan captain.

CLICK HERE FOR STATISTICS FROM THE GAME.

His first point was an assist on Kameron Kielly’s goal 9:31 into the first period to tie the game 1-1. Jake Coughler gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 80 seconds later and Charlottetown never looked back.

They built 3-1 and 4-1 period leads and put the pedal down with a five-goal third period.

Third-year Islanders centre Filip Chlapik had three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.

“I don't actually care about the points,” Chlapik said. “This year I just want to . . . work hard every shift. If you play good every game, the points will just come.”

He was named the game’s first star, Brisebois took home the second star while first-year Islanders forward Pascal Aquin was the third start after scoring twice and setting up another.

Aquin’s first goal as an Islander was a bit of good luck.

His shot deflected off a defenceman’s stick and high into the air. Mooseheads goalie Kevin Resop couldn’t locate the puck and it came down behind him and went into the net.

“I didn't think it was going to be like that, but, for sure, I’ll take it,” Aquin said with a smile after the game.

He beat Resop five-hole for a shorthanded goal three minutes into the third period. He said it was nice to score early in the season.

“In Shawinigan, I didn't have the chance to score a lot of goals, so I’m happy,” he said. “It builds my confidence a lot.”

The win came after a poor performance Thursday at home against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. While Brisebois was not there for the loss, he said it was important for the team to bounce back with a better showing at home.

“We’ve got to show our fans that we’re (going) to be a competitive team this year and we won’t accept those defeats,” he said.

Despite Sunday’s lopsided score, the team was trying to keep things in perspective.

“We have to stay grounded and be back at work on Tuesday,” Brisebois said.

It is a message Hulton loves to hear.

While pleased with the victory, he said, there will be some lessons learned during Tuesday’s video session.

“We got guilty of cheating on the offensive side of the puck, which sometimes happens in games like that,” he said.

But the goal is to be successful late in the year heading into the playoffs.

“We got away with one against a young team on their first road trip today, but that won’t be the case down the stretch and in the playoffs.”

Guillaume Brisebois recorded his first goal and first assist as a Charlottetown Islander in his first game Sunday afternoon.

“It was really nice, but at the same time, the win was more important for me,” the 19-year-old defenceman said after a 9-2 thumping of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Brisebois only returned to Charlottetown Sunday at 1 a.m. after attending the Vancouver Canucks training camp. Isles head coach Jim Hulton left the decision to play Sunday at the Eastlink Centre in Brisebois’ hands.

The team’s big off-season acquisition didn't need much time to come up with his answer.

“I wanted to get back with my teammates as soon as possible,” said Brisebois, the former Acadie-Bathurst Titan captain.

CLICK HERE FOR STATISTICS FROM THE GAME.

His first point was an assist on Kameron Kielly’s goal 9:31 into the first period to tie the game 1-1. Jake Coughler gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 80 seconds later and Charlottetown never looked back.

They built 3-1 and 4-1 period leads and put the pedal down with a five-goal third period.

Third-year Islanders centre Filip Chlapik had three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.

“I don't actually care about the points,” Chlapik said. “This year I just want to . . . work hard every shift. If you play good every game, the points will just come.”

He was named the game’s first star, Brisebois took home the second star while first-year Islanders forward Pascal Aquin was the third start after scoring twice and setting up another.

Aquin’s first goal as an Islander was a bit of good luck.

His shot deflected off a defenceman’s stick and high into the air. Mooseheads goalie Kevin Resop couldn’t locate the puck and it came down behind him and went into the net.

“I didn't think it was going to be like that, but, for sure, I’ll take it,” Aquin said with a smile after the game.

He beat Resop five-hole for a shorthanded goal three minutes into the third period. He said it was nice to score early in the season.

“In Shawinigan, I didn't have the chance to score a lot of goals, so I’m happy,” he said. “It builds my confidence a lot.”

The win came after a poor performance Thursday at home against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. While Brisebois was not there for the loss, he said it was important for the team to bounce back with a better showing at home.

“We’ve got to show our fans that we’re (going) to be a competitive team this year and we won’t accept those defeats,” he said.

Despite Sunday’s lopsided score, the team was trying to keep things in perspective.

“We have to stay grounded and be back at work on Tuesday,” Brisebois said.

It is a message Hulton loves to hear.

While pleased with the victory, he said, there will be some lessons learned during Tuesday’s video session.

“We got guilty of cheating on the offensive side of the puck, which sometimes happens in games like that,” he said.

But the goal is to be successful late in the year heading into the playoffs.

“We got away with one against a young team on their first road trip today, but that won’t be the case down the stretch and in the playoffs.”

Highlight reel

Outcome

Halifax – 2.

Charlottetown – 9.

Goals

Halifax – Otto Somppi and Connor Moynihan.

Charlottetown – Filip Chlapik 3, Pascal Aquin 2, Kameron Kielly, Jake Coughler, Cody Donaghey and Guillaume Brisebois.

Assists

Halifax – Nico Hischier, Otto Somppi and Joel Bishop.

Charlottetown – Pierre-Olivier Joseph 3, Gregor MacLeod 2, Cody Donaghey 2, Guillaume Brisebois, Mitchell Balmas, Kameron Kielly, Saku Vesterinen, Filip Chlapik, Pascal Aquin and Matthew Welsh.

Goalies

Halifax – Kevin Resop, 33 saves on 40 shots; Alexis Gravel, 8 saves on 10 shots.

Charlottetown – Matthew Welsh, 33 saves on 35 shots.

Power plays

Halifax – 1-for-4.

Charlottetown – 4-for-6.

Faceoff wins

Halifax – 26.

Charlottetown – 32.

Hits

Halifax – 17.

Charlottetown – 19.

Records

Halifax – 4-1-0-0.

Charlottetown – 2-2-0-0.

Next game – Charlottetown travels to Sydney, N.S., on Friday to play the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Did you know? The Charlottetown Islanders have the top-five point producers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Kameron Kielly, CHA 12

Mitchell Balmas, CHA            10

Jake Coughler, CHA   9

Cody Donaghey, CHA            9

Filip Chlapik, CHA     8

Antoine Waked, ROU 8

Francois Beauchemin, VDR    8

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