Lund-Cornish, Casey combine for shootout win over Cape Breton
Coming off an overtime loss on Friday the Islanders returned to Centre 200 in Sydney on Saturday for a rematch with the Screaming Eagles.
The Islanders opened the scoring early in the first period with Charlottetown native Thomas Casey deflecting a Taylor Egan shot past Cape Breton starter Kyle Jessiman to give the Isles an early lead.
The Screaming Eagles would answer back midway through the second period. Following an Islanders turnover, Cape Breton captain Phelix Martineau was left alone in front of Dakota Lund-Cornish, beating the Islanders netminder between the legs to tie the game.
Just 28 second after the goal, Cameron Askew looked to regain the momentum for the Islanders dropping the gloves with Declan Smith. The two would trade heavy shots before the officials stepped in to intervene.
The plan seemed to backfire on Askew though as just over a minute later Peyton Hoyt beat Lund-Cornish over the glove to give Cape Breton their first lead of the game.
That is where the score would stay after 40 minutes of action, with the Islanders leading in shots 20 to 13.
Charlottetown would go on to tie the game on the power play midway through the third period on the strength of Taylor Egan’s 4th goal of season.
The tie would be short lived as less than a minute later Cape Breton’s Declan Smith fired his 17th goal of the season past Lund-Cornish to regain the lead for the Screaming Eagles.
With less than five minutes remaining in the period Pascal Aquin drove down the right-wing boards before sliding a backhand pass through the crease on to the stick of Askew who knocked a shot over Jessiman to tie the game at 3-3.
After the remainder of regulation solved nothing, the game went into overtime.
In the extra frame the Islanders managed three shots but overtime solved nothing and the game went to a shootout.
With each of the first ten shooters missing for both teams, Thomas Casey coasted to center ice. Casey would swing down to the left of Jessiman before faking a shot and making a quick move to the backhand, tucking the puck into the open net to put the Islamders on the board.
Cape Breton turned to Leon Gawanke as their final shooter but the German defencemen was ultimately stopped by Lund-Cornish, as the Islanders walked away from Cape Breton with the 4-3 overtime win.
Lund-Cornish stopped 22 shots during the game and robbed eleven straight attackers in the shootout to lead the Islanders to victory.
As far as Isles rookie Thomas Casey is concerned this win was very important for his team.
“This is a big two points for us. We’re coming into a big week with Bathurst twice who is a very strong team and then Moncton to tail off our season heading into the playoffs,” Casey Said. “Coming into this week I think we’re going to have confidence to steal a couple of points from some good teams.”