Islanders lose playoff opener with Mooseheads

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McDonald peppered with 51 shots, including 26 in the third period

Jonathan Drouin and Luca Ciampini each had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Halifax Mooseheads to a 6-3 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.

The Mooseheads lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with Game 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. in Halifax.

“It was not the result that we hoped for, or wanted, but we plan on making this a longer series and there were lots of positives tonight,” Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer said after the game. “I like the way our team competed and the structure of our play.”

Danny Moynihan had two goals, while Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Shewfelt each added a goal and an assist in the win. Drouin had 12 shots and was a threat all night.

“We’re going to have to find a way to shut down some of their top guys,” Dwyer said.

Ehlers opened the scoring with 1:43 left in the first on a power play. The Herd made it 2-0 1:18 into the second when Ciampini scored on another man advantage.

The Islanders cut the deficit in half a minute later.

Alexandre Goulet chipped the puck out of the zone and Daniel Sprong won the race to the puck for a breakaway and went upstairs on Zachary Fucale for the Isles first goal.

Goulet snapped a shot short side on Fucale that hit the goalie high and went in to tie it about 10 minutes later on the power play.

“They drive our offence and they found away to get on the scoreboard,” Dwyer said of the rookie linemates. “I like their game and I like the way they answered back.”

The Mooseheads responded with goals by Moynihan and Drouin two minutes apart to take a 4-2 lead to the second intermission.

Halifax dominated the third, outshooting the Islanders 26-3. Anthony Cortese scored for the Islanders.

“The boys were really focused. We had a little bit of a slip up early but we got back on track and carried our momentum the rest of the way,” said Ciampini. “We battled hard and killed some huge penalties. It was a solid home win.”

Mason McDonald, who made 45 saves on Friday, gets the call tonight.

“He responded well to his first start in the playoffs and starting at home in Halifax,” Dwyer said. “I don’t think he was at fault on any of those goals. He competed hard and he made a lot of great saves.”

Sprong said the team was happy for the most part with its game.

“But we made little mistakes,” he said. “They score most of their goals on the PP. We can play with them five-on-five and our special teams did the best job they could have done.”

I like the way our team competed and the structure of our play. Gordie Dwyer, Charlottetown Islanders coach

He said they had to regroup and be ready for Saturday’s contest.

Hunter River’s Brent Andrews left the game and did not return. He missed a few games late in the season. The Chronicle Herald’s Willy Palov said on Twitter Friday night that Andrews was doubtful for Saturday’s game.

Dwyer said the Islanders would have a couple of game-time decisions.

Games 3 and 4 are in Charlottetown on Tuesday and Wednesday. Eastlink is broadcasting the games, but there is a blackout in effect in P.E.I.

 

– With files from Metro Halifax’s Andrew Rankin

Highlight reel

Score

Charlottetown – 3.

Halifax – 6.

Goals

Charlottetown – Daniel Sprong, Alexandre Goulet and Anthony Cortese.

Halifax – Nikolaj Ehlers, Luca Ciampini, Danny Moynihan (2), Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Shewfelt.

Assists

Charlottetown – Mason McDonald, Alexandre Goulet, Anthony Cortese, Troy Vance (2), Daniel Sprong.

Halifax – MacKenzie Weegar (2), Jonathan Drouin (2), Matt Murphy, Andrew Shewfelt, Luca Ciampini (2), Nikolaj Ehlers and Jesse Lussier.

Goaltenders

Charlottetown – Mason McDonald, 45 saves on 51 shots.

Halifax – Zachary Fucale, 15 saves on 18 shots.

Power plays

Charlottetown – 1-for-7.

Halifax – 2-for-6.

Faceoffs – Halifax won 44 of 75.

Attendance – 8,194.

 

Playoff schedule/recap

Game 1 – Friday

Charlottetown 3 at Halifax 6

Game 2 – Saturday

Charlottetown at Halifax, 7 p.m.

Game 3 – Tuesday

Halifax at Charlottetown, 7 p.m.

Game 4 – Wednesday

Halifax at Charlottetown, 7 p.m.

Game 5 – Friday, March 28*

Charlottetown at Halifax, 7 p.m.

Game 6 – Sunday, March 30*

Halifax at Charlottetown, 3 p.m.

Game 7 – Tuesday, April 1*

Charlottetown at Halifax, 7 p.m.

* If required

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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