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Isles close out regular season in style with 9-4 victory over Moose

And with that, the 2020-2021 regular season is over.

The Charlottetown Islanders put forth another dominant performance in Halifax on the final night of the regular season. Seven Islanders finished with with multi-point games including C├ędric Desruisseaux, whose three-point night gave him 100 career QMJHL goals and 200 career QMJHL points as the Isles defeated the Moose 9-4.

“Tonight was a perfect ending to this strange and wonderful season,” said Islanders head coach Jim Hulton on tonight’s victory. “We stayed focus on the task at hand and got the job done in style. We are all very excited to move on to the playoffs.”

Charlottetown kicked off the scoring in the first period, and who else would it be than Desruisseaux? The forward inched closer to that 200th career point with a powerplay goal from his office on the right wing, one-timing a Lukas Cormier pass behind Mooseheads starter Brady James for his 41st goal on the season.

Ryan Maynard would keep the scoring going just one minute later. The defender would pick off a clearing attempt at the Mooseheads blueline and walk into the offensive zone. He’d finish off a perfect give-and-go play with Zac Beauregard before going upstairs on James for his second QMJHL goal and a 2-1 lead.

The Mooseheads would get within one before the end of the period thanks to local product Ethan Landry. The forward was a call-up on account of the suspensions for Halifax and he paid dividends, getting a pass from Zack Jones in the middle of the ice and going upstairs on Goobie for his first career QMJHL goal.

The goals came fast and furious as play opened up for the two teams in the second period. After the teams traded goals to open up the period, Brett Budgell would kickstart a five minute span that saw four goals between the two teams. Budgell’s 15th goal on the year was a pretty marker off a pass from Thomas Casey, going backhand in tight on James to extend the Charlottetown lead.

Goals came fast from the likes of Sam Oliver and Ben Boyd, along with an unsung hero in Halifax in Landry. The call-up added his second career goal in the period to try and claw his team back into this game.

Unfortunately, that’s as close as they’d come. Bailey Peach and Senna Peeters would trade goals in the third before Patrick Guay and Desruisseaux tacked on extra goals in the dying minutes of the game, sending the Isles home with another convincing win.

Noah Laaouan, Lukas Cormier, and Brendan McCarthy each picked up three assists to go along with Sam Oliver and Desruisseaux’s three-point nights. Thomas Casey and Patrick Guay each picked up a goal and an assist while Jacob Goobie made 15 saves for his 12th win on the year.

With all that said and done, the Islanders now play the waiting game to see who emerges from New Brunswick’s round robin playoff as their opponent in the Maritimes Division final. Information on ticketing for the Final will be made available in the coming days.

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