After a fiery start to the second half of the season, the Charlottetown Islanders have now lost three straight games.
Jeremy McKenna scored twice, while Alexander Khovanov had three assists, and the Moncton Wildcats defeated the Islanders 4-1 in front of a home crowd on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats went to work midway through the first period in front of Matthew Welsh. Mika Cyr would make a no-look backhand pass directly on the tape of Jakob Pelletier, and the 17 year-old would tap the puck in to a wide open cage for his 23rd goal of the season.
The scoring would continue for Moncton early in the second period. On the powerplay, Mika Cyr would tap in a cross-crease pass from Alexander Khovanov for his nineteenth goal of the season, putting Moncton up just minutes in to the second period.
Jeremy McKenna would score his 28th goal of the season minutes later, extending the lead to 3-0. The Islanders would scratch and claw back throughout the second period, and finally get on the board would 6 minutes remaining in the second. Nikita Alexandrov would finish off a beautiful tic-tac-toe from Lukas Cormier and Brett Budgell to score his 19th goal of the season.
Unfortunately for Charlottetown, Moncton would answer right back. A Thomas Casey pass meant for Nikita Alexandrov in the defensive end would get deflected on to McKenna’s stick. He’d make no mistake from in front for his 29th goal of the season, giving the Wildcats the 4-1 lead that they’d take in to the third period, and ultimately end the game with, their first win in four games.
With his assist on the Alexandrov goal, Brett Budgell now has points in four straight games. For Cormier, he now has points in four of five games in January. Matthew Welsh made 23 saves in the loss.
“Tonight’s game was a simple case of the schedule catching up to us.” said head coach Jim Hulton on the team’s performance today. “This was our fifth game in eight days and the physical toll was evident from the start of the game. Our spirit was willing but we lacked the legs and energy.”
The Islanders will take off for their third Quebec road trip of the season this week, making stops in Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, and Val d’Or before returning home to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on PEI Senators Night. Tickets for the one-night only Senators Night are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online by clicking HERE.