Islanders Keep Streak Alive With Win Over Sea Dogs
Kameron Kielly scored the eventual game-winning goal as the Charlottetown Islanders remain undefeated with a 3-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs Friday night at the Eastlink Centre.
The Islanders improve to an impressive 5-0-0-0 record to start the season. The Sea Dogs drop to 2-2-0-1 on the season.
“We can’t ask for anything better,” said Kielly on the start. “We’re all just coming together as a team.”
Islanders defenceman Troy Vance said the team didn’t think about their 4-0 start during a practice earlier this week.
“We just said ‘hey, it does’t matter if we’re 4-0, it’s just another game’. We want to keep winning and the record goes out the window when it comes to game time.”
Vance said it was a hard fought game.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Their goalie was strong last game too. They don’t give up…it wasn’t over until the buzzer was going.”
The team battled hard, said Kielly.
“They played 60 minutes. We were lucky enough to have a few bounces go our way and we’re rolling right now.”
Charlottetown opened the scoring with Matt Bursey’s second of the season, re-directing a Vance point-shot at 5:48. The Sea Dogs found an answer with Stephen Anderson burying his third of the season to tie the game at one at 17:30.
In the second period, Vance gave the Islanders the 2-1 lead with his second goal of the season at 12:18. Bradley Kennedy and Alexandre Goulet drew assists.
“I was trying to put it on net and it literally rain-bowed into the net and dropped right over his pad. I didn’t think it was going to go in.”
In the third period, Kielly gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead with his second of the season at 7:53 on the power play. Kennedy and Jack Nevins drew assists.
The played developed with Sea Dogs goalie behind the net and Nevins going in hard, said Kielly.
“The goalie might have blown a tire and I was fortunate enough to be in the slot and get an empty net and tap it home.”
Moments later, Spencer Smallman scored on a breakaway for Saint John to make it a one-goal game at 8:46.
Antoine Bibeau made 26 saves in goal for the Islanders for the win. Auger made 42 saves in the loss.