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Islanders drop 4-1 decision to Mooseheads

Halifax Mooseheads centre Zack Jones, left, shields the puck from Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan, a Halifax native, Wednesday at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.
Halifax Mooseheads centre Zack Jones, left, shields the puck from Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Noah Laaouan, a Halifax native, Wednesday at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Alexis Gravel made 47 saves Wednesday as the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 4-1 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at the Eastlink Centre.

Zack Jones scored the winner on a breakaway 8:27 into the second period. Jeffrey Burridge gave the visitors a 1-0 lead 43 seconds into the game and Brett Budgell tied it with a power-play goal with five minutes to play in the first period.

Maxim Trepanier added two goals, one on the power play and the other into the empty net, in the third period.

Patrick Kyte had three assists for the visitors while Sonny Kabatay, Kyle Petten and Cameron Whynot each chipped in one. Cedric Desruisseaux and Thomas Casey had assists for Charlottetown.

Jacob Goobie stopped 23 shots in the loss.

Halifax was 1-for-4 on the power play while Charlottetown was 1-for-3. The Islanders also held the advantage in the faceoff circle (36-29) and hits department (20-8).

The Mooseheads, who played without Jared McIsaac, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Raphaël Lavoie, Justin Barron, Senna Peeters and Marcel Barinka, improved 15-13-2-1. The Islanders, who dropped to 18-12-4-0, were without Nikita Alexandrov, Gaetan Jobin and Kieran Gallant.
The teams play Friday at 7 p.m. in Halifax before the Islanders come home to host the Cape Breton Eagles Saturday at 7 p.m. in their last game before the Christmas break. The trade period opens on Sunday.

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