A spirited affair in Abrams Village led to victory for the Charlottetown Islanders, as they defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles by a score of 4-1.
The Islanders were coming off of a 7-0 trouncing of the Saint John Sea Dogs just one night previously, while the Screaming Eagles were playing their first preseason game since they last played Charlottetown on August 26th.
The first period saw a flurry of action but only one goal; Cole Edward’s gathered a rebound from in front of William Grimard and potted his third goal of the preseason, giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead at the end of the 1st.
Midway through the second the Islanders scored again. Derek Gentile deflected a Lukas Cormier point shot past Grimard to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
The Islanders would extend that lead midway through the third on the powerplay, as Brett Budgell found the back of the net on the powerplay following a scramble in front of Grimard.
The Screaming Eagles would gain some ground less than two minutes later, as Brooklyn Kalmikov buried a one-time shot past Matthew Welsh on the powerplay, bringing the score to 3-1.
It was all for naught, however, as Sam King potted an empty-net goal to regain the three-goal lead and drive the final nail in the coffin.
The third period was not without drama, as there was a flurry of physical action late in the game. A pair of overagers, Islanders forward Keith Getson and Screaming Eagles forward Declan Smith, dropped the gloves in front of a near-capacity Evangeline Recreation Centre. Towards the end of the game, the two teams engaged in a line brawl after the whistle, leading to ten-minute misconducts and ejections for all ten players on the ice.
Matthew Welsh was stellar in nets for the Islanders, stopping 20 of 21 shots he faced. In the opposite crease, Grimard stopped 19 of 22 shots on net.
This was the final preseason games for both teams. They’ll pick it back up on September 21st, as Cape Breton makes the trip back across the Confederation Bridge to take on Charlottetown in the season opener. Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com/