The Charlottetown Islanders held a 4-2 lead in the third period, but the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada stormed back and scored in the final minute to win 5-4.
The game two victory for the Armada evens the third-round series at 1-1.
Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton thought his team was chasing the game the entire 60 minutes, he said in a press conference after the game.
“From the first minute until the last minute, I thought we were lucky to still be in the game. They knew they were playing for the split and full credit, I thought they were really good tonight and we were a little bit off the mark.”
The Islanders held a 4-2 lead in the third until 8:37, when Alex Barre-Boulet scored to cut the lead to 4-3.
This was the turning point of the game, said Hulton.
“It didn’t have the feel of a comfortable 4-2 lead. We spent way too much time in our zone, spent too much time chasing and we had a feeling they would capitalize.”
Although, obviously, he’d like to be up 2-0 in the series, this can serve as a wakeup call that the team needs to be better, said Hulton.
“I don’t think anyone imagined we’d go 16 and 0. I know I certainly didn’t. It’s the semifinals, in a hell of a league, it’s supposed to be a battle. I think it is great for us. Sitting here I wish we were up 2-0 but let’s see what we’re made of.”
Hulton said the playoffs are all about growth and learning. He expects his team will respond in game three in Blainville on Tuesday.
“This one is behind us now. They did their job as they came in here and split. Now we just have to go send a message in Blainville and buckle up for a great ride.”
On the other side, the Armada coach Joel Bouchard said his team bounced back really good in game two.
“We showed a lot of character, I love those kids. I know I probably get accused of loving those kids too much and guys like to tease me about how much I love my players, and I’m guilty. They have character off the chart and they don’t go down and it’s been like that for years.”
Even with the win, Bouchard thought his team still didn’t get the bounces.
“We missed a lot of opportunity around the net and were still fighting the game. I thought at the end it was well deserved for Adams-Moisan to score that goal (the gamewinner).”
The Armada opened the scoring just 2:09 into the game.
Tobie Paquette-Bisson’s goal ended a 182 minute and 9 second stretch of hockey where Islanders goalie Mark Grametbauer kept the Armada scoreless.
Daniel Sprong responded for the Islanders at 5:00 on the PP. His 8th of the playoffs was assisted by Kameron Kielly and Carl Neill.
After one, the Armada led the shots 13-6, but the score was 1-1.
At 7:55 of the second period, the Islanders took the lead after a Kameron Kielly goal. Filip Chlapik had the lone assist on Kielly’s 7th of the playoffs.
Pierre-Luc Dubois tied the game for the Armada at 10:24.
With 26 seconds left in the second frame, Sprong scored his 2nd of the game to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead. Sprong’s 9th of the playoffs was assisted by Carl Neill and Alex Dostie on the power play.
Just 54 seconds into the third period, PO Joseph made it 4-2 Islanders. His first of the playoffs was assisted by Daniel Sprong and Francois Beauchemin.
The Armada began their comeback at 8:37 with Barre-Boulet’s goal. A goal at 15:33 (power play goal by Barre-Boulet) tied the game.
The Armada then buried the winner with 54 seconds remaining in the third period.
Final shots on goal were 35-19 for the Armada.
The Islanders were 2-for-2 on the power play, while the Armada went 2-for-6.
The series now switches to Blainville-Boisbriand for games three (Tuesday night) and four (Wednesday). Both games start at 8pm AST and can be listened to on Ocean 100.
We also invite all Islanders fans to The Factory to watch the games on the big screen! Food and drink specials will be available as well.
Written by Darcy Cudmore