Islanders go 3-for-3 on power play, win game one against Drakkar

Charlottetown, Islanders

The Charlottetown Islanders kicked off the 2017 QMJHL Playoffs with a game one win over their first-round competitors, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

Kameron Kielly, Adam Marsh, Daniel Sprong and Alex Dostie all scored as the Isles won 4-2 at home in front of a loud crowd at the Eastlink Centre.

It was great to finally get the playoffs underway, said Kielly after the game.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for it and obviously, it’s not hard to get up for playoffs and we’re glad to get the first win.”

Kielly opened the scoring at 6:23 of the first period (Assists: Marsh & Sprong), when he banged home a loose puck near Drakkar goaltender Antoine Samuel.

“I got a fortunate bounce and it was nothing to special but obviously, they all count and getting that first goal was exciting.”

Marsh (Assists: Neill, Kielly) and Sprong (Assists: Neill, Chlapik) scored before the first period ended and the Drakkar added one (Vincent Deslauriers). The Islanders led 3-1 after 20 minutes.

In the second, the Islanders seemed to take the foot off the gas, said Kielly.

“In the first period, we kind of took it to them. Our special teams were great all night. In the second we let off the gas a bit and that can’t really happen in playoffs. We’ll learn from it and move forward.”

The Drakkar scored one in the second period (Shawn Element). That was the only goal in the second frame.

Dostie put the Islanders ahead 4-2 at 9:01 of the third period (Assists: Nicolas Meloche, Francois Beauchemin) and that was all they needed to hang on for the win.

The game was physical and chippy, especially after a Dillon Boucher hit and fight in the first period seemed to spark the game.

The Islanders dominated in the shots category. They were 26-6 after one, 31-17 after two and 53-29 after three.

Mark Grametbauer picked up the win in goal for the Islanders.

Game two between the 4th and 13th place teams is Saturday at 7:00 pm in Charlottetown. After that, the series will then switch to Baie-Comeau.

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