Islanders’ record breaking season comes to an end following Game 7 loss
The Islanders went punch-for-punch with the QMJHL’s top-ranked team, pushing the Blainville-Boisbriand Aramda to a deciding Game 7 before falling just short of advancing to the President Cup Final.
The Armada opened the scoring early on Tuesday night, with Samuel Bolduc getting his stick on a rebound in front of Matthew Welsh, beating the Islanders netminder under the pads to give the Armada an early lead.
But just 21 seconds after Blainville’s opening goal, Armada forward Anthony Poulin was called for hooking, sending the Islanders to the power play.
The man-advantage did not go the way the Islanders had hoped though as just 18 second into the power play Blainville added to their lead with a short-handed goal from Alex Barre-Boulet.
The Armada would build on their lead early in the second, with Blainville captain Alexandre Alain taking advantage of an Islanders penalty, blasting his 14th goal of the postseason past Welsh to push the lead to 3-0.
Alain would strike again just over a minute later to put Blainville up by four.
Charlottetown would answer back four minutes later, with mid-season signing Liam Peyton scoring his 2nd goal as an Islander to cut into the Blainville lead.
The Armada would go on to regain their four goal lead halfway through the second period with Alain scoring his third goal of the game, on the power play, to push the Blainville lead to five.
Drake Batherson would add his 10th goal of the playoffs on another man-advantage just minutes later as the Armada would go on to take Game 7 by a score of 6-1, advancing to the President Cup Final to take on the Acadie-Bathurts Titan.
The entire Charlottetown Islanders organization would like to thank all Islander fans for supporting the team and tagging along for the ride. We look forward to your continued support as we look to build off of this success next season.
We would also like to extend a special thanks to overage players Cameron Askew, Pascal Aquin and Olivier Desjardins for their contributions to the team and community during their time on Prince Edward Island. We wish them all the best in their hockey careers and beyond.