“That was pretty embarrassing.”
Charlottetown Islanders captain Brendon Clavelle didn’t mince his words following tonight’s game.
The red-hot Islanders, winners of six straight games and having scored 28 goals in the past four games, found themselves the victims of a high-scoring affair with the Halifax Mooseheads. Former Islander Kevin Gursoy came back in his final game at the Eastlink Centre to bite the Islanders, scoring twice and adding an assist as the Mooseheads defeated the Islanders 7-4.
“We didn’t come to play. We weren’t ready to play.” Clavelle added. “We were playing in spurts, up and down throughout the game and didn’t play consistent. Again, it was embarrassing out there.”
Gursoy was the one who got his new team on the board first. On the powerplay, the 20-year-old forward would get a pass in the slot and go high on Islanders starter Jacob Goobie, giving Gursoy his 23rd goal on the season.
Landon Miron would get the second goal of the game not long after, streaking in on a partial breakaway and despite being held up by an Islanders defender and sliding one underneath Goobie for his third of the season.
The Isles would come out with jump in their step in the second period, scoring two quick goals before the four minute mark of the period. Brett Budgell would start the fun just one minute in to the period; the 18-year-old forward would receive a pass from Gaetan Jobin in the slot and go high on Mooseheads starter Alexis Gravel. For Budgell, that would be 24th goal on the year.
Ethan Crossman would get the game tied up not long after on a beautiful play. He’d finish off a pretty tic-tac-toe play with Nikita Alexandrov and Thomas Casey on an odd-man rush, burying the puck on a wide open cage. The goal would give Crossman 13 on the season.
Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Islanders would get. The Mooseheads would go on a run late in the second period, rattling off four goals before the end of the period. Gursoy would cap off the scoring in the period with a wrister that got past Goobie short-side.
Zack Jones would score seconds in to the third period with the goal that inevitably chased Goobie from the crease. Cole Edwards would add two more goals, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Mooseheads would snap an eight-game losing streak of their own.
Noah Laaouan added two assists while Alexandrov, Casey, Lukas Cormier, Liam Peyton, Gaetan Jobin, and Anthony Hamel each added single assists. Matthew Welsh made seven saves in relief of Goobie in the third period.
The Islanders now turn their attention to the Cape Breton Eagles, who they’ll play in back-to-back games in Sydney, Nova Scotia starting Friday, March 13th. All games can be heard live on Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio, with Saturday night’s broadcast being heard across the airwaves on Ocean 100’s Saturday Night Hockey!