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Welsh’s 39 saves, Goulet’s two goals lead Isles past Drakkar

Matt Welsh stopped 39 of 40 shots and Alex Goulet scored a pair of goals as the Charlottetown Islanders came away with a 5-1 victory against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday evening.

Welsh had to come up big for his team as the Islanders gave up seven power plays in the game and took a total of 34 penalty minutes while being outshot 40-23.

The first period was scoreless, but the Islanders gained some momentum in the second period after killing off five penalties in the first 27 minutes of the game.

Shortly after the Isles killed penalty number five, Goulet opened the scoring by going five-hole on Keven Bouchard at 7:51.

Later in the period, Goulet struck again with his seventh of the season to make it 2-0 15 minutes into the second. Brad Kennedy and Will Thompson picked up the assists on both of Goulet’s goals.

With Charlottetown’s penalty kill doing so well, the Isles’ power play had its chance to shine in the final minute of the period. That’s exactly what it did, making it 3-0 just five seconds into a penalty to Simon Chevrier thanks to a shot from the point from David Henley that was tipped into the net by Filip Rydstrom at 19:03. The goal was originally credited to Henley but then changed to Rydstrom.

Henley did find the back of the net in the third period, with another shot from the point 8:09 into the period. Filip Chlapik picked up the lone assist on the goal.

The Islanders’ penalties cost them their shutout bid in the third period as the Drakkar converted on their seventh power play opportunity of the game. Matteo Pietroniro went glove side on Welsh to make it 4-1.

The Drakkar went to the box shortly after, and Kameron Kielly finally fired home his first goal of the season to seal the deal with just over three minutes to play.

The Islanders power play ended up going 2-for-5 in the game, and their penalty kill went 6-for-7.

The victory closed out an up-and-down road trip for the Islanders, who picked up a victory in Drummondville on Wednesday before being shut out by Chicoutimi on Friday and then getting revenge against Baie-Comeau.

The Islanders return to the Eastlink Centre on Thursday to face the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

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