Zadina powers Mooseheads over Islanders
The Islanders have been caught in a rough stretch as of late and things didn’t get any better on Tuesday night.
Matthew Welsh started between the pipes for the Islanders, with former Isle Blade Mann-Dixon getting the start at the other end of the ice.
Following a scoreless first period that saw the Mooseheads hold the Islanders without a shot in the opening seven minutes, the teams rolled into the first intermission tied at zero.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, the second period belonged to Halifax forward and highly touted 2018 NHL prospect Filip Zadina.
On his first shot of the game, just under three minutes into the second period, Zadina beat Welsh to open the scoring. But the Czech Republic native was not done there, as 10 minutes later the star forward was at it again.
With under seven minutes remaining in the period Zadina beat Welsh for a second time, pushing his season goal totals to 31 and doubling his team’s lead.
The Mooseheads would add to their lead before the end of the period on the strength of Raphaël Lavoie’s 22nd goal of the season.
Early in the third the Isles would answer back with forward Derek Gentile picking up a pass from Pascal Aquin and firing a wrist-shot past Mann-Dixon to cut into the deficit.
But just over a minute later, following a Nikita Alexandrov hooking penalty, the Mooseheads regained their lead with Zadina wiring his third goal of the game past Welsh in the process.
The Isles did not quit though and less than a minute later Keith Getson got his stick on a Mann-Dixon rebound, beating his former teammate to pull the Isles back within striking distance.
That was as far as the Isles would come though as in the final minutes of the third period, Zadina would pick up his 4th goal of the game and Jared McIsaac would add an empty net goal to help Halifax walk away with the 6-2 victory.
The Isles are back in action at home on Friday in a matchup with the top ranked Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at 7PM. For ticket information contact the EastLink Centre Box Office by calling 902-629-6625 or going online here.