Islanders break franchise record with shutout win over Armada
For the second time this season, Mark Grametbauer and the Charlottetown Islanders have shutout the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Last Friday, Grametbauer stopped 34 shots in Quebec against his former team. On Saturday night, he stopped 23 more in the win.
The win sets a new franchise record for most regular season wins since the team arrived on P.E.I. with 42.
Head Coach and GM Jim Hulton said breaking records is always nice and will be something to look back on in the future.
“It’s something we’ll probably appreciate more at the end of the season or at another time. All season we’ve tried to kind of live in the moment and stay in the moment and that’s what we’re going to do here. It’s great but we have a game tomorrow to focus on and hopefully a lot more wins and a lot more hockey ahead of us,” said Hulton moments after the win.
In Sprong’s first season with the Islanders, they won just 21 games. Now, the team is the most successful team in the franchise’s history.
“The first year was rough, second year was OK and last year was better. This year you can really feel it in the room when you come to the rink. We’re battling for first with Saint John and every game is important for us because we know they are winning.”
Francois Beauchemin scored the first Islanders goals in the second period. His 40th of the season was assisted by Carl Neill and Guillaume Brisebois.
Daniel Sprong scored the final two Islanders goals. His 22nd of the season was assisted by Alex Dostie and Nicolas Meloche while his 23rd was assisted by Francois Beauchemin and Kameron Kielly.
The Armada sit fifth in league standings and were just 3 points behind Charlottetown leading into tonight. Keeping them off the scoresheet two games in a row shows the improvements in the team’s defensive game, said Hulton.
“I think it shows the commitment to the team from player one through player 20. It’s all about team here and they understand that come playoff time and down the stretch the goals against column is very important and they really buckled down as of late.”
As for tonight, Hulton said it may have been the best 60 minutes of hockey the Islanders have iced all season.
“I thought all our marquee players were marquee players. I thought our five defencemen that played after Hunter (Drew) got tossed out were terrific. Daniel did what Daniel has to do and our special teams were good.”
This was the Islanders seventh win in a row.
The Islanders are back at it on Sunday afternoon against the Halifax Mooseheads in game 62 of 68 of the regular season!
Written by Darcy Cudmore