CHARLOTTETOWN – The Charlottetown Islanders scored four times in the first period on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs Friday at Eastlink Centre.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Saint John (47-14-5-1), along with a string of 14 games without a loss in regulation time.
Filip Chlapik and Daniel Sprong each tallied a goal and two assists for Charlottetown (46-17-4-0) while Nicolas Meloche, Pascal Aquin, Chris Chaddock and Alex Dostie also found the net.
Bokondji Imama scored twice to become only the fifth Sea Dog in team history to score at least forty goals in a season. Isiah Campbell added his first QMJHL goal.
Saint John competed without eight regular players, most of whom were rested in a game that had no playoff implications for them. It was the second-last game of the regular season for both clubs.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Islanders grabbed momentum with a strong first period.
Meloche potted a power play goal eight minutes into the game, batting the rebound of a point shot past a helpless Alex D’Orio in the Saint John goal.
Aquin made it 2-0 with four minutes left in the period, finishing off a 2-on-1 pass from Keith Getson.
Just over a minute later, Chlapik took a pass in the slot and ripped a wrister over D’Orio’s glove.
Sprong added a power play marker with 10.7 seconds left in the period, putting home a rebound after D’Orio made three impressive stops.
Saint John reached the scoreboard with six minutes left in the second period.
After a faceoff win in the left circle, David Comeau fired a shot from the left point that Campbell deflected past Mark Grametbauer for his first QMJHL goal.
Imama struck on the power play 73 seconds later.
Alexandre Bernier took a slap shot from the middle of the blueline that was stopped. Imama, the overager and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, knifed a backhand rebound chance into the top of the net to cut the Sea Dogs’ deficit to 4-2.
Chaddock restored a three-goal lead for the Islanders in the opening two minutes of the third period.
The forward, who was raised in Hampton, charged the net from the right corner and beat D’Orio with a quick shot from in close.
Imama hit the forty-goal mark on a 5-on-3 power play nearly nine minutes into the third, stuffing the rebound of a Samuel Dove-McFalls shot under Grametbauer.
Dostie wrapped up the scoring with an empty-netter with 62 seconds remaining.
Grametbauer made 30 saves for the win. D’Orio had 31 stops in a losing cause.
Defenceman Carl Neill was named first star with two assists and a +3 rating while Aquin’s goal made him second star. Francois Beauchemin was named third star in front of 3,009 fans in attendance.
Saint John’s final regular season game is Saturday, March 18th, at 4 p.m. against the Halifax Mooseheads at Scotiabank Centre.
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