Islanders get back to their winning ways against Rouyn-Noranda
Following a tough loss in Gatineau on Wednesday night the Islanders looked took make the most of their remaining road-trip, making a stop in Rouyn-Noranda on Friday night for a matchup with the Huskies.
It was a battle of two of the QMJHL’s top goaltenders as Matthew Welsh squared off with Huskies starter Samuel Harvey.
The teams came out with a passion on Friday night, with both squads getting physical from the outset. The Isles may have been a little too aggressive in their physical play though, as the team found themselves short-handed on four separate occasions in just the first period.
But at the 6:42 mark of the opening period it was the Isles with the man-advantage opportunity. Following a botched pass back to the Isles blueline, Huskies leading scorer Rafael Harvey-Pinard picked up the puck and burst in on Welsh. A great back-check by Hunter Drew would prevent a shot from Pinard, but it was another teammate Peter Abbandonato who picked up a loose puck and chipped a shot over a crouched Welsh to open the scoring.
It wouldn’t be until the final minute of the second period that the Isles would answer back. With 44 seconds remaining in the second period, Keith Getson walked into a heavy slapshot, firing the shot over the Huskies net, but the puck took an unusual bounce off the glass, returning towards the net, and bouncing off the back of Harvey, tying the game at 1-1.
After 40 minutes of action the score was tied despite the Isles outshooting the Huskies 32 to 26.
Less than six minute into the third period the Isles would grab their first lead of the game, with Hunter Drew picking up the puck following a Getson face-off win and blasting a shot from the point, beating Harvey through traffic.
The Isles would hold onto the lead from there, surviving a late penalty kill and empty net chance to walk away with the 2-1 win.
Welsh was at the top of his game, stopping 37 of 38, leading his team to the big road victory.
The Isles are back in action on Saturday night in Val-d’Or for a matchup with the struggling Foreurs. You can follow the action live with Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio with host Ryan MacEachern here.