Char­lot­te­town blows lead

Moose­heads rally again in third, fin­ish job in over­time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY ZANE WOOD­FORD

Af­ter an over­time loss in Char­lot­te­town on Sun­day night, the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads were more than happy to re­turn the favour at home on Tues­day, beat­ing the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders 6-5.

Like they did two nights ear­lier, the Herd ral­lied late in the third pe­riod to close a two-goal gap and send the game to over­time.

“The past couple games, we’ve shown we don’t quit no mat­ter what the score is,” Moose­heads goalie Kevin Re­sop said af­ter Tues­day night’s vic­tory at Sco­tia­bank Cen­tre.

Re­sop as­sisted on the gamewin­ning break­away goal by Moose­heads cen­tre Joel Bishop less than two min­utes into three-on-three over­time – af­ter Otto Somppi tied the game with 13.2 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third.

“He’s like Mr. Clutch right now,” de­fence­man Cooper Jones said of Somppi, who fin­ished with two goals and was the game’s first star.

“He keeps putting in the im­por­tant goals.”

The game was tied 2-2 af­ter the first pe­riod while Char­lot­te­town took a 3-2 lead to the third. But Char­lot­te­town couldn’t hang on to a lead, af­ter watch­ing Hal­i­fax come­back from down 52 on Sun­day.

Sa­muel Blais said the Is­lan­ders need to sim­plify their game in the third pe­riod and hold onto leads.

“It’s un­ac­cept­able to lose that game in over­time,” he said.

Bar­rett Dachyshyn, An­drew Shewfelt and Cooper Jones rounded out the scor­ing for Hal­i­fax. Ar­naud Du­ran­deau had two as­sists while sin­gles went to Wal­ter Flower, Maxime Fortier and Bishop.

Carl Ger­vais, Mitchell Bal­mas, Keith Get­son, Blais and Shawn Boudrais replied with goals for the Is­lan­ders.

Luc Desch­enes, Will Thomp­son, Bradley Kennedy, Daniel Sprong, Oliver Cooper, Guil­laume Beaudry, Ni­co­las Le­blond and Ger­vais all picked up as­sists.

Re­sop stopped 34 shots for Hal­i­fax while Matthew Welsh made 28 saves for Char­lot­te­town.

The loss puts the Is­lan­ders at 15-20-3-2, and brings the Moose­heads to 14-20-5-1. The Is­lan­ders host Gatineau Fri­day at 7 p.m. and Ri­mouski Satur­day at 3 p.m.

JEFF HARPER/METRO

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders winger Keith Get­son fires the puck at a sprawl­ing Hal­i­fax Moose­heads goal­tender Kevin Re­sop dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion Tues­day at the Sco­tia­bank Cen­tre.

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