Islanders Loose Heartbreaker in Shootout

Charlottetown Islanders

A 4-0 lead was not safe enough for the Charlottetown Islanders in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar Sunday afternoon at the Eastlink Centre.

The Drakkar scored four unanswered goals in the third period with three coming in the final 2:40 of play. Valentin Zykov had the lone goal of the shootout to give the Drakkar the come-from-behind win.

“It was just a collapse,” said Islanders rookie forward Daniel Sprong who finished the game with a goal and an assist. “The last 10 minutes they brought the pressure and we made the little mistakes and they capitalized on them.”

Snapping the winning streak in a shootout hurts a lot more, said Sprong.

“They scored with 1.2 seconds left. It stings.We just need to go back to work and work on the little things.”

The Islanders drop to 5-0-0-1 on the season. The Drakkar improves to 3-2-0-2 on the season.

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders took a 4-0 lead with power play goals from Matej Beran at 3:13, Yan Pavel Laplante at 5:48 and Deverick Ottereyes and 6:16. Sprong added a goal at 13:03 from Alexis Pepin and Julien Leduc.

“Our power play went well,” said Sprong on the success of the second period. “We pressured their defence, we forechecked, we made turnovers…we played more as a team and we did our game plan.”

In the third period Zykov got the Drakkar on the board at 9:18 before Denis Gorbunov cut the lead in half at 17:20. Zykov’s second of the game made it 4-3 before Frederic Gamelin tied it at 19:59.

After overtime solved nothing, Zykov scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau. Gorbunov and Gamelin were both stopped. For Charlottetown, Sprong, Beran and Pepin were all stopped in the shootout.

Antoine Bibeau made 40 saves in goal for the Islanders. Simon Lemieux made 29 saves in goal for the Drakkar.

Up next on the schedule for the Islanders is the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday Oct. 1 in Gatineau. The Islanders then travel to Val-d’Or on Friday Oct. 4 and then to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday Oct. 5.

The Islanders return home Friday Oct. 11 against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.