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Hardie and Maher continue to dominate, Isles defeat Wildcats

On Superheroes and Princesses Day at the Eastlink Centre, the heroes reigned supreme over their arch-nemesis.

Jordan Maher and Daniel Hardie each posted a goal and an assist, their second consecutive multi-point games, and the Charlottetown Islanders defeated the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The Islanders got on the board midway through the first period. Noah Laaouan directed a shot on net that was deflected in the air by Daniel Hardie. Jordan Maher found the air-bound puck and batted it out of midair over the glove of Wildcats starter Francis Leclerc, giving Maher his ninth goal of the season and seventh point in five games as an Islander.

Charlottetown would double their lead just over a minute later thanks to Liam Peyton. The 18 year-old from St. Albert, Alberta would receive the pass from Zac Beauregard in the slot and wire it crossbar-down on Leclerc for his sixth goal of the season.

“I just saw Sirman busting over wide and he made a pass to [Beauregard]. I came in late and the D didn’t really see me. Beau made me a really good pass and the rest was just a clean shot.” said Peyton on the goal.

The trio of Peyton, Will Sirman, and Zac Beauregard have been slowly generating more and more opportunities as the team’s third line, and the points are starting to come. Beauregard was promoted to the line following the holiday break, and so far Peyton says he’s been a welcome addition.

“Beau’s work ethic is massive for our line.” explained Peyton. “He really complements us, as much as we complement him as well. We’re really clicking as a line and if we can keep this going we’ll stay together for the foreseeable future.”

The two teams would battle back and forth throughout the game, throwing their weight all over the ice in an effort to gain the advantage on the scoresheet. The hard-hitting action even led to fisticuffs between unlikely combatants. Jeremy McKenna and Brett Budgell would drop the mitts in the first period after getting tangled up in the Islanders zone.

Neither team would strike again until the third period. With the Islanders on the powerplay, Daniel Hardie would corral a bouncing puck in the slot and fire it on net. It would take a fortuitous bounce and trickle between Leclerc’s legs for an Islanders 3-0 lead. For Hardie, that would be his 26th goal of the season.

With his assist on Peyton’s goal, Will Sirman now has points in three straight games after recording just one point in the thirteen previous games.

Matthew Welsh made 32 for the victory, while Leclerc made 30 saves in the defeat.

The Islanders hit the road on Wednesday for a matchup against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, followed by a Saturday night matchup against the high-powered Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the Eastlink Centre. Tickets for that game are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com.

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