3 games, 19 goals. The Charlottetown Islanders offense is rolling.
Cedric Desruisseaux and Thomas Casey continued their scoring ways, each picking up four points, while Patrick Guay and Brendan McCarthy each picked up a pair of goals their own as the Isles defeated the Eagles 8-2 on Saturday night.
“It’s not the role that I typically play in the lineup, but it’s really nice to put a couple in the net.” said McCarthy on his performance.
The Gould’s, Newfoundland native saw his first in-game action after being a healthy scratch for the past few games, sliding on to a line with Sam Oliver and Ryan Maynard. He scored his first of the game in the first period, getting a cross-ice pass from Lukas Cormier and tapping it past Eagles starter Nicolas Ruccia. He’d add another in the final stages of the game, re-directing a William Trudeau pass between the legs of the Eagles netminder.
His teammates cheered him on throughout the final moments of the game as his linemates pushed hard for him to get that hat trick goal.
“It’s great to see a guy like Brendan get rewarded because he’s a glue guy in the room,” said Jim Hulton on McCarthy’s game. “He’s really well-respected and well-liked in the locker room. The bench was electric at thought of him getting a hat trick. Kudos to him for showing the character to be healthy scratched for a few games and come back and make a contribution like that.”
Desruisseaux and Casey pushed their incredible lead atop the QMJHL scoring race some more as the duo now sit with 49 and 46 points respectively. Desruisseaux now has a career high in points while Casey is just one back of the career high he set last season. He now also sits fifth all-time in Islanders history with 139 career points in the Black and Harvest Gold.
“Everybody has a role on this team, and when everyone is playing their role, that’s when we roll.” explained McCarthy. “When those guys are scoring like they have been, it makes it easier for everyone else in the lineup.”
Patrick Guay added two goals and an assist of his own while Patrick Leblanc, Lukas Cormier, Brett Budgell, and William Trudeau all finished with two-point nights. Sam Oliver, Noah Laaouan, and Braeden Virtue each added single assists. The assist was Virtue’s first point as an Islander.
Colten Ellis made 24 saves for his 15th victory of the season. The two goals allowed, amazingly, raised his goals against average slightly to 1.82.
The Isles will have another full week off before they head across the bridge to Nova Scotia to meet the Eagles in a return match Saturday afternoon at 4:0opm You’ll be able to hear that game on Ocean 100’s Saturday Night Hockey with George Matthews and Cory Arsenault, or watch along on Eastlink Community TV or at any of our five viewing partners across Charlottetown!