There was plenty of action in Victoriaville on Thursday night, but the Charlottetown Islanders came away with the two points.
Alex Goulet was the overtime hero as the Isles came away with a 6-5 win over the Victoriaville Tigres.
It looked late in the third as though it would be the Tigres coming away with the win – they thought they had scored with 3:30 to go in the game, but the goal was called back.
Filip Rydstrom opened the scoring for the teams, making it 1-0 for the Islanders 5:23 into the game. Luc Deschenes had the assist on the goal.
Midway through the period, the Tigres tied the game thanks to Kyle Tibbo’s first goal for Victoriaville.
In the second period, Jacob Lapierre put the Tigres ahead 2-1 3:32 in, but just 21 seconds later the Islanders responded with a goal from Will Thompson. Kameron Kielly and Bradley Kennedy had the assists on Thompson’s first of the season.
The Islanders ran into some penalty trouble late in the second, and the Tigres took advantage with Lapierre’s second goal at the 13:38 mark.
The teams got into a scoring frenzy in the third period, with five goals being scored a little over four minutes apart.
It began at the 3:20 mark as Filip Chlapik picked up his first of the season with helpers from David Henley and Shawn Boudrias to tie things at 3.
51 seconds later, the Tigres jumped back out in front with a goal from Pascal Laberge. But before the goal could even be announced, the Isles bounced right back to tie the game 4-4 33 seconds later. Oliver Cooper had the goal from Quinn O’Brien.
Then at the 5:20 mark, Victoriaville took the lead right back thanks to Mario Huber’s second of the season.
But at 7:34, Goulet blasted a shot on net that went in and out so fast it had to be reviewed. It did indeed hit the back of the net, and the game was level again 5-5.
The action slowed down until the final few minutes of the game, when the Tigres thought they’d gotten another go-ahead goal with a shot through traffic. Upon further review, it was deemed that the net was off its moorings when the puck went in.
Then, moments after the goal was called back, it looked like the Islanders might steal the game, but Tigres goalie Olivier Tremblay made a huge save to rob Mitchell Balmas from scoring into an open net.
In overtime, Victoriaville held most of the play until Alex Goulet took the puck down the other end and ripped home his third of the season 2:48 into the extra frame.
Mason McDonald was back in net for the Islanders after returning from the Calgary Flames’ training camp, making 35 saves for his first win of the season. Tremblay made 33 stops in the Tigres net.
The Islanders went 0-for-2 on the power play in the game, while going 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Islanders now improve to 5-2 on the season and end a two-game losing skid with the win. They’re back in action tomorrow night for game two of their Quebec road trip against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Cory Arsenault will have the call all weekend long. Tune into Fair Isle Ford Isles Radio and listen to all the action live: Islesradio.com