On Friday night the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles pulled into the EastLink Centre in Charlottetown for a 7PM matchup with the 7th overall Islanders.
The Islanders went with Matthew Welsh between the pipes, with Kyle Jessiman getting the start at the other end of the ice for the Screaming Eagles.
The 12th ranked Screaming Eagles came out ready to play in this one, not allowing a single Isles’ shot in the first 5 minutes of the opening period.
Just as Noah Massie fired the Isles first shot of the game at Jessiman, Cape Breton took the puck the other way, resulting soon after in Tyler Hylland’s 8th goal of the season to open the scoring.
But the Isles refused to bow down, and just over a minute later the Islanders answered back.
Following a quick shot by Liam Peyton from the right-wing boards, Cayse Ton got his stick on a rebound before outwaiting and beating Jessiman to tie the game at 1-1.
Less than four minutes later the Isles were at it again, this time it was Derek Gentile getting his stick on a loose puck in the Screaming Eagles zone, and firing a bullet over the blocker of Jessiman to give the Isles the lead.
The Islanders were not done there, as less than five minutes later they added to their lead on the strength of Keith Getson’s 15th goal of the season.
As the first period came to an end the Isles led, 3-1 despite being outshot 13 to 8.
The Isles kept up their momentum in second period as just over three minutes into period, following a flurry of penalty calls, P.O. Joseph received a pass from Daniel Hardie and was sent in on a breakaway. Joseph pumped his stick before wiring a shot over the glove of Jessiman to push the Isles lead to 4-1.
As the period began to wind to a close the Screaming Eagles took advantage of a Keith Getson slashing penalty, beating Welsh on the man-advantage to cut into the Isles’ lead.
That momentum was short lived though as less than a minute later, following an Olivier Bourret hooking penalty, the Isles power play took to the ice.
With the Islanders unit set up in the Cape Breton zone, Cameron Askew fired a shot on Jessiman leading a big rebound and a wide-open net for Joseph who fired his second of the period past the Cape Breton netminder to restore his team’s three goal lead.
Cape Breton forward Gabriel Proulx would cut into the Isles’ lead early in the third period but that was as close as they would come, as even with the net empty in the closing minutes the Screaming Eagles were unable to solve Welsh, going on to fall by a score of 5-3.
Despite taking the win, Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton knows his team can play better.
“I think it was a night we probably got away with one. It was probably a ‘B’ effort on our end, I think we can play at a lot higher level and hopefully we’re back there tomorrow.
The Islanders are indeed back in action tomorrow night against the same Screaming Eagles squad at the EastLink Centre in Charlottetown.
Puck drop is at 3PM and prior to the game the Isles will be honouring equipment manager Andrew ‘Spider’ MacNeill for his 1000th game with the franchise.
For ticket you can call the EastLink Centre Box Office at 902-629-6625 or by going online here.