Sprong scores OT win­ner for Is­lan­ders

Sprong scores over­time win­ner, We­ber has ca­reer game

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES REID

It was a game that shouldn’t have gone to over­time, but it did and the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders pre­vailed 6-5 over the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads on Sun­day in Char­lot­te­town.

Credit Daniel Sprong for the win­ning goal 58 sec­onds into ex­tra time on a tip-in dur­ing a scram­ble in front of Hal­i­fax’s net.

It erased the fact the Isles led 5-2 with 10 min­utes left in the third on Sprong’s first goal of the game (it was re­viewed and found to have hit the un­der­side of the top of the net).

Things fell apart de­fen­sively for Char­lot­te­town af­ter a power-play goal by Hal­i­fax’s Joel Bishop and a score by Maxime Fortier came 15 sec­onds apart and closed the gap to 5-4.

Then with 13 sec­onds left in the third, Is­lan­ders for­ward Bradley Kennedy was called for ic­ing. Off the face-off in Char­lot­te­town’s zone, the Herd’s Otto Somppi evened the game 5-5 with two sec­onds re­main­ing.

Hal­i­fax’s Danny Moyni­han as­sisted on the ty­ing goal. He also scored in the sec­ond and added a helper on Fortier’s marker.

“It was one of those games where ev­ery­body had a slow start. We got bet­ter and bet­ter as the game went along and the third (pe­riod) was our best,” said Moyni­han, who leads the Herd with 24 goals. “We just started out­work­ing the other team . . . started keep­ing things sim­ple, started get­ting pucks to the net. That’s when we got our goals.”

Char­lot­te­town upped its mark to 15-20-2-2 in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League while Hal­i­fax dropped to 13-20-5-1.

Char­lot­te­town led 1-0 af­ter the first pe­riod on Dex­ter We­ber’s third goal of the sea­son. It took a 3-0 lead five min­utes into the sec­ond frame thanks to scores by new­comer Sa­muel Blais and Mitchell Bal­mas. Bar­rett Dachyshyn made things 3-1 un­til the Isles Johnny Fo­ley upped the lead to 4-1. Moyni­han struck at the 19:03 of the sec­ond and Char­lot­te­town went into in­ter­mis­sion lead­ing 4-2.

Sprong’s goal in the third gave the Isles a three-score edge, but, said We­ber, the team sur­vived de­spite slip­ping into au­to­matic mode far too early.

“Our in­ten­sity dropped for a bit. It was a lack of fo­cus. We were fo­cus­ing on we al­ready had the game in hand,” said We­ber, who added four as­sists, in­clud­ing help­ing to set up the game-win­ning goal, for his first ca­reer five-point game. “You can’t do that be­cause it will come back to bite you.”

Matthew Welsh stopped 25 shots for the win while Eric Bras­sard faced 50 shots in the loss. New ac­qui­si­tions Alexis Vanier and Ni­co­las Le­blond made their Is­lan­ders de­buts Sun­day.

Vanier had an as­sist and three shots while Le­blond was score­less but had three shots.

The teams play Tues­day at 7 p.m. in Hal­i­fax.

BRIAN MCIN­NIS/THE GUARDIAN

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders de­fence­man Guil­laume Beaudry, right, takes out Hal­i­fax Moose­heads for­ward Maxime Fortier dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion Sun­day at the East­link Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town.

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