Stopped at the blue-line

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Sum­mer­side na­tive Noah Dob­son, cen­tre, tries to split the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders de­fence of Daniel Hardie, left, and Xavier Bernard dur­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion Satur­day in front of 3,224 peo­ple at the Eastlink Cen­tre. It was Dob­son’s sec­ond game with the Rouyn-No­randa Huskies since be­ing ac­quired in a trade from Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan. Rafael Har­vey-Pi­nard scored the equal­izer with 15 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion and the top-ranked Huskies de­feated the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders 5-4 in a shootout. “We’re dis­ap­pointed that we couldn’t close the deal with 15 sec­onds left, but deep down, as a coach, I’m ec­static,” Is­lan­ders bench boss Jim Hul­ton said. “We proved a point to our­selves, and a lot of other peo­ple, that, when we play the game the right way, we can go toe-to-toe with the big dogs.” Alex Beaucage had a pair of goals in the win while Louis-Filip Cote added one. Joel Teas­dale and Felix Bibeau each had two as­sists while Har­vey-Pi­nard, Beaucage and Peter Ab­ban­do­nato had sin­gles. Lukas Cormier scored twice for the Is­lan­ders while Daniel Hardie and Liam Pey­ton had sin­gles. Pey­ton’s goal came off a Hunter Drew pass that sent him in on goalie Zachary Emond with Dob­son try­ing to get back in the play. Drew had three as­sists while Brett Budgell had two and Ma­her and Thomas Casey added sin­gles. Sa­muel Har­vey stopped all 17 shots he faced in re­lief of Emond, who was pulled after al­low­ing four goals on 11 shots in 32:04. Welsh made 28 saves in the Is­lan­ders crease. Rouyn-No­randa im­proved to a league-lead­ing 34-7-0-1 while Char­lot­te­town is 25-11-2-2. The Is­lan­ders played in Monc­ton on Sun­day but re­sults were unavail­able at press time.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

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