Josh Currie’s early third period goal lifted the Rocket to a 5-3 win over the Moncton Wildcats Tuesday night at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.
For the sixth time in seven games this season, the Rocket have beaten the Wildcats. The win also snapped a 10-game losing streak for P.E.I. and improved to 18-40-2-3 on the season.
Ben Duffy led the way for the Rocket scoring two goals and adding an assist. He said it was huge to snap the losing streak.
“Especially right before going into the Cape, the two biggest games of the season coming up. “
The success against the Wildcats this year has been thanks to rivalry the two teams have, said Duffy.
“Come time to play them we never want to lose and I think that’s why we battle so hard to make sure we get those two points every game.”
A lot of positives came out of the win, said Duffy.
“We played a full 60 minutes and stuck to our game plan…and that’s what we got to do for the rest of the season.”
Moncton opened the scoring with Allain Saulnier’s 25th goal of the season at 12:27 of the first period.
It didn’t take the Rocket long to respond as Louick Marcotte potted home his 11th of the season at 13:22 to tie the game.
Ryan Penny gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead at 17:40.
After a near scoreless second period, Duffy’s goal with 22 seconds left in the period tied the game at two.
In the third period, Duffy scored 51 seconds in to give the Rocket a 3-2 lead with his 34th of the season before Currie’s 25th of the season made it 4-2 at 4:08.
Patrick Delisle-Houde got the Wildcats within a goal with a powerplay marker at 7:09.
Jimmy Oligny capped off the scoring with an empty net goal at 19:07.
Maxime Lagace made 26 saves for the win in goal for P.E.I.
Roman Will took the loss for Moncton stopping 28 shots.
With five games left on the schedule, the Rocket are still battling for that last and final playoff spot.
“We have to stay positive and make sure we compete and work hard in practice and make sure were mentally and physically ready for every game,” said Duffy.
The Rocket are back in action Friday and Saturday night with back-to-back games against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton.
Rocket return home for their final home game of the season Sunday March 18 at 4 p.m. against the Halifax Mooseheads.