A five goal third period propelled the Charlottetown Islanders past the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon. Charlottetown improves to 10-5-0-1 while Saint John now sits at 2-11-2-1.
The intensity from Friday’s game carried over into the first period on Sunday at Harbour Station. Saint John opened the scoring with a power play goal from Anthony Boucher at 3:52. Boucher sniped the top corner from the slot for his third of the season. Daniel Hardie responded for the Islanders scoring at 4:29 to tie the game at one a piece. Nicholas Deakin-Poot added his first goal of the season when he got his stick on a rebound in the crease at 5:31. Rivalry weekend lived up to its named at 10:24 when Brendan Sibley and Cole Edwards dropped the gloves for a spirited affair. The Islanders tied the game at 15:28 on a Hunter Drew redirection that fooled Alex D’Orio. The rough stuff continued at 17:31 when Drew and Michael Campoli squared off in the Sea Dogs zone. Shots on goal for the period were 15-14 Charlottetown.
Thomas Casey broke the tie for the Islanders at 10:57 of the second. Then came goals from Thomas Casey and Hunter Drew to give Charlottetown a 5-2 lead with under three minutes to go in the period. Saint John responded in a big way after P.O. Joseph and Lukas Cormier were called for back-to-back high sticking penalties at 17:37 and 18:34 respectively. With 50 seconds to go in the period Anthony Boucher was credited with his second goal of the game after Hunter Drew kicked the puck into his own net. Under a minute later with only seven seconds remaining on the clock, Brady Burns added a highlight reel marker when he dangled around the Islander defender and tucked a backhand shot top corner past Matthew Welsh to put the Sea Dogs back within one. Shots on goal favored the Islanders 13-11.
The third period was all Islanders with goals coming from Brett Budgell, Alexandrov, Gentile and Getson who added two, making it 10-4 Charlottetown. Alex D’Orio was pulled in favor of Tommy DaSilva at 15:07. D’Orio finished the day with 26 saves. Shots on goal in the third were 16-7 Charlottetown for a total of 45-32
Alpine 3 Stars
1st – Daniel Hardie
2nd – Hunter Drew
3rd – Kevin Gursoy
The Sea Dogs take to the road for the next three weeks while Harbour Station hosts the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge which will feature Sea Dogs Josh Lawrence, Wiliiam Villeneuve, Jeremie Poirier and Charlie DesRoches. Saint John’s next home game will be Wednesday, November 21st at 7PM as they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.