Islanders take Game 1 in overtime
After a slight delay in their travel plans the Islanders pulled into the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Friday night for a Game 1 of their second round series with the Mooseheads.
With an Islanders goal already called back due to an offside and P.O. Joseph in the box for tripping the Mooseheads power play took to the ice.
Just over a minute into the man-advantage Connor Moynihan deflected a Jocktan Chainey point shot past Matthew Welsh to open the scoring for the Mooseheads.
The Islanders would answer back before the end of the period with a power play goal of their own with Keith Getson getting his stick on a rebound, beating Alexis Gravel with one second remaining on the man-advantage to tie the game at 1-1.
With neither team able to take the lead in the second period the Islanders and Mooseheads pulled into third period still tied.
It didn’t take long for the Islanders to strike in the third, as 42 seconds into the period Nikita Alexandrov picked up a rebound in front of the Halifax net before waiting out Gravel to give the Islanders the lead.
The Mooseheads would answer back with a pair of their own mid-way through the period with rookies Xavier Parent and Filip Zadina each scoring their third goals of the playoffs to regain the lead for Halifax.
But the lead would not last as with just over eight minutes remaining Getson struck again, defecting a Daniel Hardie point shot past Gravel to tie the game at 3-3.
That is where the score would stay after 60 minutes as the game rolled over into overtime.
After several big stops from Welsh early in overtime the Islanders took their turn on offence.
At the 8:58 mark of the extra-frame Pascal Aquin was left alone in front of the Halifax net and deflected an Olivier Desjardins point shot past Gravel to win Game 1 for the Islanders.
Following the game Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton was proud of his team’s performance.
“I’m just so proud of the character and resilience of this club,” Hulton said. “I thought the kids did a terrific job sticking to the game plan and never giving up.”
You can follow the action of Game 2 live with Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio with George Matthews and Cory Arsenault here.