Home-ice win

Thomp­son scores in OT as Is­lan­ders de­feat Sea Dogs for first time in 2015-16 sea­son

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Is­lan­ders beat Sea Dogs 5-4 in over­time.

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders have their first win streak since mid-Oc­to­ber.

The Is­lan­ders de­feated the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-4 in over­time Thurs­day at the Eastlink Cen­tre.

“It’s great,” goalie Ma­son McDon­ald said. “Hope­fully we get on a lit­tle more of a roll against Bathurst here and keep it go­ing.”

The Is­lan­ders travel to north­ern New Brunswick to­day to play the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan at 7 p.m. be­fore host­ing the Ti­tan Sun­day at 3 p.m.

The last time the Is­lan­ders strung back-to-back wins to­gether was Oct. 17 and 22.

Will Thomp­son gave the home side the win Thurs­day when he took a Daniel Sprong pass and beat goalie Alex Bishop with 58 sec­onds left in over­time.

“I saw Spronger with the puck com­ing over the blue-line and just de­cided to get in a spot where he could pass it to me,” Thomp­son said. “He found me and I just kind of fired it on net and it went five-hole.”

It was a bit of re­demp­tion af­ter the 18-year-old de­fence­man missed a wide-open net off a Sprong pass in the first pe­riod.

“I was happy he had the con­fi­dence to pass it back to me there in OT.”

The Fredericton, N.B., na­tive started his ca­reer with the Sea Dogs af­ter be­ing a first-round pick in 2013. He was traded to Char­lot­te­town be­fore the 201415 sea­son.

The Is­lan­ders jumped out of the gate on fire Thurs­day, chas­ing start­ing goalie Marc-An­toine Tur­cotte 13:33 into the game af­ter al­low­ing three goals on seven shots.

Sa­muel Blais had two goals and an as­sist as the Isles scored twice on the power play to lead 3-0.

Saint John called time­out and righted the ship.

Nathan Noel scored a pow­er­play goal with 2:39 left in the pe­riod to get them on the board.

Bradley Kennedy re­stored the three-goal lead with 6:32 re­main­ing in the se­cond pe­riod.

Sam Povorozniouk and Matthew High­more scored 38 sec­onds apart to make it 4-3 go­ing to the third pe­riod. Saint John out­shot Char­lot­te­town 236 in the middle stanza.

“They’re a good team. We knew they were go­ing to have a push and we were lucky Mase stood on his head there for us in the se­cond,” Thomp­son said of his goalie.

High­more’s se­cond of the game 4:17 into the third tied it.

The Is­lan­ders have coughed up a cou­ple of leads since the Christ­mas break.

“It’s def­i­nitely a con­cern, but we’re go­ing to take the two points and run tonight. We’re go­ing to ad­dress it,” Thomp­son said. “We just need to learn how to play with the lead and be con­fi­dent with the lead.”

The Sea Dogs de­feated the Isles 8-7 in over­time Fri­day when they pep­pered McDon­ald with 58 shots.

“It’s great to be busy. It keeps your head in the game,” McDon­ald said.

The Cal­gary Flames draft pick noted the Flames Scott Gouthro was in town work­ing with him this week.

Char­lot­te­town has gained points in five straight games, go­ing 3-0-2-0. Thurs­day was the Is­lan­ders first win against the Sea Dogs af­ter go­ing 0-4-1-0 in the pre­vi­ous five games, which in­cluded four games de­cided by a goal and an­other by two mark­ers.

“It gives us a lot of con­fi­dence,” McDon­ald said. “We could end up play­ing them in the play­offs.”

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders left-winger Ni­co­las Le­blond and Saint John Sea Dogs de­fence­man Jakub Zbo­ril scram­ble for the puck dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion Thurs­day at the Eastlink Cen­tre.

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