Will face Mooseheads in opening round of playoffs
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Charlottetown Islanders completed the 2013-14 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) regular season on a winning note Saturday night.
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The Islanders defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-2 before a sellout crowd of 3,718 fans at Eastlink Centre.
The Islanders, who completed the regular season at 21-39-3-5 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), will face the defending QMJHL and Memorial Cup-champion Halifax Mooseheads in the opening round of the playoffs. The Mooseheads finished second overall in the 18-team league at 47-18-0-3.
The first two games of the series will be held in Halifax on Friday and Saturday, with Games 3 and 4 back in Charlottetown on Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, March 26.
Sixteen of the 18 teams make the playoffs, and the Islanders go into the post-season seeded No. 15. The Sea Dogs (19-44-2-3) and Sherbrooke Phoenix (16-43-4-5) did not qualify for the playoffs.
Zach Beaton, who played with the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) last season, scored twice to lead the Islanders, who held period leads of 3-1 and 5-1. Josh Shatford, Daniel Sprong, Luc Deschenes and David Henley earned assists.
Prince County connections
Spencer Smallman, who was born in Summerside and has family connections in West Prince, scored both goals for the Sea Dogs, who recalled defenceman Bailey Webster of Kelvin Grove for the game.
Webster, who is an assistant captain with the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League, did not record any points and had a plus-1 rating in the game.
It was the third time the Sea Dogs have recalled the 16-year-old Webster this season. In seven games with the Sea Dogs this season, Webster has three assists, four penalty minutes and is a minus-1. He had 25 points – five goals and 20 assists – in 31 regular-season games with the Wild.
Winning goaltender Mason MacDonald stopped 35 of 37 shots while Antoine Landry also faced 37 shots in the Saint John goal.
The game’s three stars were:
1. Troy Vance (Islanders), 2. Zach Beaton (Islanders), 3. Josh Shatford (Islanders).