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Islanders fall 8-3 in first meeting with Screaming Eagles

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is rolling along into its second week and the Charlottetown Islanders were back at it on Thursday night at the Eastlink Centre.

The Islanders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a Jake Coughler goal just 37 seconds in the game, but they couldn’t hold off the hungry Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who went on to win 8-3.

Jordan Ty Fournier led the way for Cape Breton with 3 goals.

There was one bright spot for Charlottetown was the return of Filip Chlapik to the lineup. He scored for the Islanders in the loss.

Chlapik, who arrived in Charlottetown late last night from the Ottawa Senators training camp and skated with the team this morning, said there is no excuse for the big loss on home ice.

“I wanted to help the team more tonight but didn’t. Now we need to get better for the next game both as a team and myself.”

The Islanders lead the shots category 38-30.

Blade Mann-Dixon was in goal for the Islanders. Kyle Jessiman got the win in goal for the Screaming Eagles.

The early goal by Coughler, with Mitchell Balmas and P.O. Joseph assisting, put the Islanders ahead but they couldn’t build off of it.

Yannik Bertrand scored at 5:34 to tie the game, then Jordan Ty Fournier gave the Screaming Eagles their first lead of the game at 12:46 of the first period.

At 5:25 of the second period, Tobie Paquette-Bisson made it 3-1.

It stayed that way until the 17:38 mark of the second period when Fournier scored his 2nd of the game.

In the third period Joseph Mizzi made it 5-1 at 3:50 before Coughler cut the lead with his second of the game at 11:46.

Balmas also assisted on Coughler’s second goal, as well as Kameron Kielly.

Just 29 seconds later the Screaming Eagles regained the four goal lead when Fournier netted his third of the night.

In the dying minutes of the game the returning Chlapik got his first of the season to make it 6-3 and the Islanders pulled their goalie for the extra attacker.

The Screaming Eagles took advantage of the empty net and scored two more times.

Chlapik, who attended his second training camp with the Ottawa Senators and was able to play in a preseason game earlier this week, said the camp went well and he was happy with his play.

“My camp with the Senators last year wasn’t the best for me and I was starting on the fourth line,” Chlapik said. “I changed my off ice sessions in the summer and felt good this year. They were really happy with me and I got some time on the first line in the rookie tournament so I was happy with how it went.”

The Islanders are back at it tomorrow night when they travel to take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Puckdrop is 7PM.

On Sunday, the Islanders are back at the Eastlink Centre for a 3PM meeting with the Halifax Mooseheads, where a family of four can enjoy the game for just $50.

Both games can be heard on islesradio.com or follow along on Twitter @IslandersHKY.

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