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