Lund-Cornish leads the Isles to 3-2 win over Chicoutimi
The Saguenéens pulled into Charlottetown on Saturday afternoon for a Hockey Day on PEI matchup with the Islanders.
Dakota Lund-Cornish got the start between the pipes for the Isles, with Alexis Shank getting the start at the other end of the ice.
The Isles were quick on their feet from the outset, outshooting their opponents for the entirety of the opening period. But in the final minutes of the period it was Chicoutimi who looked to capitalize on a power play opportunity.
Just nine seconds after a Cayse Ton roughing penalty , Chicoutimi forward Samuel Houde was able to beat a screened Lund-Cornish to open the scoring.
Despite the goal against the Isles kept up the pressure and just 22 seconds after the goal against the Isles earned a power play chance of their own.
With less than a minute remaining on the man advatage and just 53 seconds remaining in the period Islanders forward Derek Gentile played give-and-go with P.O. Joseph and Saku Vesterinen before wiring a shot off the post and past Shank to tie the game at 1-1.
The score would remain tied for much of the second period, but with just over four minutes remaining the Saguenéens capitalized on another power play chance, with forward Vincent Tremblay-Lapalme swatting his 9th goal of the season past Lund-Cornish to take the lead.
As the second intermission rolled around the Isles trailed by a goal despite outshooting their opponents 20 to 19.
The Isles were quick to answer back in the third period though as just over a minute in Daniel Hardie fired his 20th goal of the season past Shank to tie the game at 2-2.
Ten minutes later the Isles grabbed their first lead of the game with Sam King deflecting his 9th goal of the season past Shank, pulling the Isles ahead 3-2.
The Islanders outshot the Saguenéens 18-5 in the period and would go on to survive an extra attacker situation late, to walk away with the 3-2 win.
“I thought we were a little heavy legged in the early going but we stuck with it and that’s a sign of a good team,” Hulton said. “We stuck with it and we found a away and a big third period push helped us to the win.”