Is­lan­ders down Moose­heads

Sprong scores 17 sec­onds into game, McDon­ald stops 19 shots to shut out Moose­heads

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The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders down the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads 6-0 in Q ac­tion.

The moose was def­i­nitely not on the loose Sun­day as the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders shut out the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads 6-0 in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey league ac­tion in Char­lot­te­town.

Daniel Sprong scored the even­tual game-win­ning goal 17 sec­onds into the first pe­riod while Ma­son McDon­ald stopped 19 shots for his first shutout this year, up­ping his record to 8-14.

It capped a solid week­end for the Isles, giv­ing the squad points in eight of its last 10 games and bet­ter­ing its record to 17-21-5-2. Hal­i­fax dropped to 15-25-5-1.

The game also helped clear some of the stink from Char­lot­te­town’s over­time losses to Saint John on Fri­day and Monc­ton on Satur­day, games the Isles led in the third pe­riod.

Is­lan­der for­ward Bradley Kennedy said the quick start set the night’s tone and the steady play can con­tinue in the next con­test Thurs­day ver­sus Saint John at home. Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Cen­tre.

“I think that it def­i­nitely can. We back-checked re­ally well, played solid be­hind the net,” said Kennedy, who chipped in two as­sists in the first pe­riod in­clud­ing a nifty ef­fort to Oliver Cooper for the se­cond goal. “We kind of built off Spronger’s goal. That got us go­ing and we worked them down low and put the pucks in the net.”

Kameron Kielly, Sa­muel Blais, Mitchell Bal­mas and Jake Cough­ler had the other Isles goals.

Blais’ marker chased Herd goalie Eric Bras­sard for backup Kevin Re­sop with about three min­utes left in the first pe­riod. Bras­sard al­lowed four goals on 13 shots.

It was the third time in three games Char­lot­te­town has forced the op­pos­ing start­ing goal­tender out in the first pe­riod.

Hal­i­fax was com­ing off its third game in four nights, in­clud­ing a 5-2 loss to Saint John on Satur­day, and the slow start didn’t help a lineup mi­nus for­wards Danny Moynihan and Timo Meier, and de­fence­man Cody Don­aghey, all gone to other teams in the trade pe­riod as the Herd re­build.

But Moose­heads cap­tain Tay­lor Ford wasn’t mak­ing ex­cuses and he sees prac­tice mak­ing per­fect.

“That slow start, four goals and 18 shots, we had some­thing like seven, I think that’s what killed us,” said Ford. “We’ll ... work hard in prac­tice, and work on the things we need to work on. It all starts in prac­tice. We have a big road trip to Rouyn and Val-d’Or (later this week). We’ll be ready.”

Kennedy was named the game’s first star. Blais and Sprong each had two as­sists.

Bras­sard’s record fell to 12-18.


Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders for­ward Kameron Kielly, right, pre­pares to take a shot as Hal­i­fax Moose­heads Ilya Putint­sev de­fends Sun­day dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion in Char­lot­te­town.


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