HALIFAX – Darcy Ashley of Brooklyn, P.E.I., played a key role in the Halifax Mooseheads’ 4-2 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday night.
Halifax Mooseheads forward Darcy Ashley during regular game season game in Charlottetown.
The Mooseheads, who are the defending Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Memorial Cup champions, improved to 10-7-0-0 (won-lost-overtime losses/shootout losses) in beating the Maritime Division-leading Islanders (10-3-0-1).
Before 6,445 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre, Ashley scored the eventual game-winning goal at 15:25 of the third period to give the Mooseheads a 3-2 lead. The former Summerside Western Capital, who also added an assist for a three-point night, sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 21 seconds to go.
MacKenzie Weegar and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Halifax.
Bradley Kennedy and Daniel Spring countered for the Islanders.
The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 following 40 minutes.
Overall, the Mooseheads outshot the Islanders 40-24, including 18-7 and 16-7 advantages in the first two periods. Zachary Fucale was the winning goaltender, and Antoine Bibeau took the loss.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Darcy Ashley (Mooseheads), 2. MacKenzie Weegar (Mooseheads), 3. Jack Nevins (Islanders).
The Islanders visit the Quebec Remparts on Saturday night.