For the second time in three games, the Charlottetown Islanders have given up 8 goals in a game.
Raphael Lavoie had hat trick and added one assist, while Alexis Gravel made 35 saves as the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Isles by a score of 8-2. It’s their second victory over Charlottetown this season.
The scoring started early in the first period for Halifax. With Kevin Gursoy in the box for slashing, Jordan Maher tipped in a point shot from Justin Barron to give the Mooseheads the 1-0 lead. For Maher, it was just his second goal of the season.
Samuel Asselin would extend the lead for the Mooseheads midway through the first, streaking down the wing and sniping one past Isles starter Matthew Welsh for his fourth of the season. Asselin would add his fifth goal of the season just minutes later, finding a puck in the slot and backhanding it over Welsh’s trapper, extending the lead to 3-0.
Hunter Drew would get the Islanders on the board just before the end of the first period, firing a wrist shot from the point that beat Gravel high over the glove for his first goal of the season. Forward Thomas Casey drew the lone assist on the goal.
As the second period got underway, the goals kept coming. Antoine Morand would find a rebound in front of Welsh just 43 seconds into the second to extend the Mooseheads lead to 4-1. Lavoie would notch his first on the powerplay shortly thereafter.
Following the Lavoie goal, Dakota Lund-Cornish would enter the game for Charlottetown. He wouldn’t fare much better, giving up another goal to Lavoie midway through the second period.
Drew Johnston would offer a glimmer of hope once again late in the period, banging a rebound past Gravel off of a Colin Van Den Hurk point shot. That goal would be Johnston’s first career QMJHL goal.
In the third and final period, Benoit-Olivier Groulx would notch his first goal of the season early and Lavoie would complete the hat trick late, sealing the victory for the Mooseheads.
There’s no rest for the weary, as Charlottetown will hop on the bus and head to Bathurst tomorrow to take on Noah Dobson and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. On Sunday, the Isles are back at the Eastlink Centre to take on Josh Lawrence and the Saint John Sea Dogs. That game takes place at 3:00pm. Don’t forget that game is Family Day at the Eastlink Centre. Kids 12 and under can who accompany an adult can watch the game for free. Before the game there will be a fun zone in the Trade Centre side of the arena, while after the game join us for a family skate on the ice! Tickets as always are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com