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Overtime magic from Joseph leads Islanders to victory in Val-d’Or

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Coming off of a 2-1 in Rouyn-Noranda in Friday night, the Isles pulled into Val-d’Or looking to keep the winning ways rolling on Saturday.

Matthew Welsh go the start in net for the Islanders, fresh off of a 37 save performance the night before. Starting for the Foreurs was 18-year-old Mathieu Marquis who has seen a big increase in playing time following the trade of Etienne Montpetit to Victoriaville.

The Isles were the aggressor in the opening period, and just over nine minutes in they opened the scoring.

Following a Karl Boudrias holding penalty the Isles power play jumped onto the ice with Sullivan Sparkes taking advantage of the opportunity, wiring a wrist-shot past a screened Marquis to give the Isles the early lead.

After 20 minutes of action the Isles maintained the one goal lead, outshooting the Foreurs 17-5.

Val-d’Or would answer back early in the second period though as 20-year-old Nathan Hudgin fired his 11th goal of the season past Welsh to tie the game at 1-1.

Just over eight minutes later the Foreurs took their first lead of the game on the strength of Maxim Mizyurin’s 16th goal of the season.

The lead was short lived though as 17 seconds later Derek Gentile found a wide-open Brett Bugell in front of the Val-d’Or net and Budgell made no mistake, one-timing a shot into the open net to tie the game.

The Foreurs would go on to strike again before the end of the period, with Hudgin blasting a short-handed slapshot off the post and past Welsh to take the lead 3-2.

The Isles would answer back early in the third, as 3:38 into the period Pascal Aquin scored the Islanders’ second power play goal of the game, finishing off a pass from Keith Getson to tie the game at three.

That is where the score would stay as the buzzer sounded, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra frame Islanders captain P.O. Joseph came up huge for his team, stopping a Val-d’Or chance before joining Aquin on a rush up ice. Aquin would draw the attention of the defender and goaltender before dishing the puck over to Joseph who fired a quick shot into the open net to win the game for the Islanders.

With the win the Isles make the long trip home to P.E.I. on a high note, going two for three on their Quebec and entering the final stretch of the regular season with confidence riding high.

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